VMI and Toyota Motor Sales USA Announce “Star Spangled Salute” Van Giveaway
for Disabled U.S. Vets
PHOENIX -- March 27, 2013
Vantage Mobility International (VMI) and Toyota Motor Sales USA have teamed up
for the Operation Independence Star Spangled Salute, a national contest to
give America’s disabled military veterans the chance to win a 2013 Toyota
Sienna SE with VMI’s Access360 In-floor Ramp Conversion. The online contest
will run March 13 to November 10, 2013, and is open to all disabled U.S.
Veterans. The winner will be randomly drawn on Veteran’s Day, November 11. The
Star Spangled Salute contest is a part of VMI’s Operation Independence
“We established Operation Independence in 2011 to help educate our disabled
military service men and women about federal grants and mobility options
available to them,” said Doug Eaton, president of Vantage Mobility
International. “We wanted to support a group of people who have sacrificed so
much for this country. So we were excited when Toyota Motor Sales USA agreed
to donate a Sienna SE for the Operation Independence Star Spangled Salute
All disabled veterans are eligible to enter the Star Spangled Salute contest.
The winner, who will be randomly drawn on November 11, 2013, will receive a
new Sienna SE, which was donated by Toyota Motor Sales USA and features the
Access 360 In-floor Ramp Conversion system that is being donated by VMI. To
enter the Operation Independence Star Spangled Salute contest and for contest
rules, terms and conditions, visit www.VantageMobility.com or call 1-800-348
“Toyota has been a longtime supporter of Paralyzed Veterans of America and we
are excited to benefit one of our country’s disabled veterans through VMI’s
Operation Independence Star Spangled Salute contest,” said Mark Oldenburg,
Toyota’s national fleet marketing, mobility and strategic planning manager.
“We appreciate the opportunity to put such a deserving individual behind the
wheel of the Toyota Sienna.”
Operation Independence is a national program developed by VMI and the VMI
Select Dealer Network and is supported by Paralyzed Veterans of America. A
portion of the Operation Independence program is to educate veterans about
Federal Grant 21-4502, which is available to disabled U.S. veterans. To learn
more about the program and grant, veterans can visit www.pva.org/vmi.
Earlier this year, former Air Force Lieutenant General John F. Regni accepted
a position on the VMI Board of Advisors. “Access to reliable transportation is
critical for wounded warriors who are reclaiming their independence,” said
General Regni. “A VMI converted Toyota Sienna will give them the mobility to
secure a job, take care of their family and travel to the doctor. It is truly
live-changing for a disabled veteran.”
ABOUT VANTAGE MOBILITY INTERNATIONAL
Vantage Mobility International is a manufacturer and distributor of the most
innovative, reliable, highest quality and easily accessible transportation in
the world. Their full line of products include domestic and import minivan
conversions, full-size van conversions, platform lifts, scooter and wheelchair
lifts and transfer seats. For more information, call Aaron Cook at (214)
520-3430 Ext. 302 or visit http://www.VantageMobility.com.
Toyota (NYSE:TM) established operations in the United States in 1957 and
currently operates 10 manufacturing plants. There are nearly 1,500 Toyota,
Lexus and Scion dealerships in the U.S. which sold more than 2 million
vehicles in 2012. Toyota directly employs over 31,000 in the U.S. and its
investment here is currently valued at more than $23 billion, including sales
and manufacturing operations, research and development, financial services and
design. Toyota's annual purchasing of parts, materials, goods and services
from U.S. suppliers totals over $26 billion.
For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyota.com,
www.toyotanewsroom.com or www.toyotainaction.com.
for Vantage Mobility International
Aaron Cook, 214-520-3430 ext. 302
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