The American Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces has two new training vehicles to help injured troops get back on the road.
The two vehicles purchased with donations from BAE Systems and Ride-Away Corporation are adaptive vehicle vans and will be used to assess service member’s driving capabilities and identify specific equipment they will need when they purchase a vehicle.
Housed at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., the new vans are furnished with special equipment such as right- and left-hand controls, ramps and a complete set of driving and steering aids to help someone drive with limited strength and range of motion.
“This new equipment will make a big difference in the lives of those who are recovering,” said Sherri Brown, senior vice president, Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces. “I want to thank both BAE Systems and Ride-Away Corporation for their generous contributions. Wonderful gifts like these allow us to provide timely support where it’s needed most.”
The American Red Cross has made a difference in the lives of many military service members, veterans and their families. “BAE Systems is proud to support an organization that works hand-in-hand with military hospitals and wounded warrior units, providing the necessary assistance that is vital to the comfort and recovery of these heroes,” said Major General Julian Burns, USA, Retired, also a military advisor for the BAE Systems Land & Armaments sector.
The American Red Cross service to members of the military dates back to the time of the Spanish-American War when founder Clara Barton supported the troops during that conflict. Today, thousands of Red Cross volunteers and employees are continuing this legacy of service on military installations throughout the world, in military and veteran health care facilities and across a network of hundreds of Red Cross offices around the United States and its Territories. Dedicated Red Cross personnel are also deployed alongside troops in Kuwait and Afghanistan to provide support to deployed service members.