Textron Specialized Vehicles donates to military comfort homes

By |  May 22, 2019 0 Comments
Photo: Tee It Up for the Troops

Photo: Tee It Up for the Troops

Textron Specialized Vehicles, a Textron company, has partnered with Tee It Up for the Troops to donate customized E-Z-GO vehicles to Fisher House, a foundation that provides comfort homes where military and veteran families can stay free of charge.

Tee It Up for the Troops has donated a “battalion” of E-Z-GO vehicles to Fisher House facilities nationwide, with the recent 20th new ride delivered to the VA Palo Alto Healthcare System in California. For the last seven years, Tee It Up for the Troops and E-Z-GO, in partnership with E-Z-GO distributor Versatile Vehicles of Prior Lake, Minn., have delivered several vehicles a year to Fisher Houses across the nation. The first was delivered to the Augusta VA Medical Center in Georgia in 2012, with others reaching Walter Reed Medical Center in Maryland, Camp Pendleton in California and Fisher Houses in Milwaukee and Minneapolis.

“Tee It Up for the Troops has been there for us and has provided a vehicle to every one of our houses on a VA property that has needed one,” said Brian Gawne, vice president of community relations for Fisher House Foundation. “Parking and getting around on a VA campus has always been a challenge and some families are not mobile. Thanks to Tee It Up for the Troops and E-Z-GO, these cars are a godsend when families are facing a tough medical crisis.”

Tim Wegscheid, president and executive director for Tee It Up for Troops added that veterans and their families are entitled to be taken care of and donating the vehicles is a way to do that.

Tee It Up for the Troops has hosted 500 fundraising events in over 40 states over the last 15 years, allowing the non-profit organization to donate over $10 million to military service organizations that provide critically needed services to combat veterans and their families.

“Electric shuttles that are quiet and efficient can take a whole family or injured warfighter from a Fisher House around the campus to receive therapy or see a doctor,” said Brandon Haddock, director, communications at Textron Specialized Vehicles. “The vehicles can traverse facility paths, parking lots and even into the entry of the VA hospital. It’s great to see how excited people are about these shuttles and to give the veterans something they really need.”

Gaby Accad, owner of Versatile Vehicles, works with local companies to donate custom features, including red, white and blue premium seats embroidered with the Tee It Up for the Troops logo, decals that are applied to the custom-painted cars and shipping of the cars at donated or reduced rates to their destination.

“What this country has provided to me, it’s the least I can do for our soldiers who put their lives on the line for us to enjoy our freedom and the things we cherish in this country,” Accad said.

Tee It Up for the Troops and E-Z-GO first learned of the need for a small, efficient vehicle to transport wounded warriors in 2011, when they shipped a vehicle to a military base in Afghanistan to help move soldiers to field hospitals and to get those recovering from injuries around the base. From there, the need to meet increased demands for transport of returning service members with disabilities and their families escalated stateside.

“This is just a continuation of our support for veterans who do incredible things for our country,” Wegscheid said of the vehicles.



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