Hankook Tire America Corp. is continuing its support of the veteran community with its expanded commitment to Disabled American Veterans (DAV), which provides free services to veterans of all generations where they live. In the fourth year of its partnership with DAV, Hankook is donating $175,000 to increase its support of DAV’s Mobile Service Office (MSO) program and award a new vehicle to help veterans in the company’s hometown of Nashville get to and from their medical appointments.
The 2018 partnership was announced with an on-stage check presentation during the opening session at DAV’s 97th National Convention on Saturday, July 14, in Reno, Nevada. During the ceremony, Wes Boling, Hankook Tire America Corp. public relations manager, presented DAV National Adjutant and CEO Marc Burgess and National Commander Delphine Metcalf-Foster with the $175,000 check recognizing Hankook’s increased commitment to help veterans through mobility.
“Hankook Tire is proud of how we’ve grown our partnership with DAV over the past four years,” said Hosung Suh, Hankook Tire America Corp. president. “With each year of our partnership, we’ve increased the number of veterans we’ve been able to help across the country. We’re honored to be able to give back to even more veterans this year, by bringing DAV’s benefits assistance services to 12 cities across the country and throughout the Nashville area.”
Hankook to Host 12 Mobile Service Office (MSO) Stops
Through DAV’s MSO program, DAV National Service Officers drive their “office on wheels” across the country to counsel and assist veterans and educate them and their families on the benefits and services earned in service. This program extends DAV’s benefits assistance to veterans who might not be able to access it otherwise due to distance, transportation, health or other various reasons. Hankook continues its promise to help American veterans through mobility by doubling the number of Hankook-sponsored DAV MSO stops year-over-year.
To bring DAV’s claims specialists to veterans in their local communities at a national scale, Hankook partners with tire dealers and distributors across the country. Below is Hankook’s 2018 MSO stop schedule:
|2018 Dates||Hankook Tire Dealer & MSO Stop Location|
|Tues, Aug. 7||Black’s Tire & Auto Service
3009 Raeford Road
Fayetteville, NC 28303
|Wed, Aug. 8||American Tire Distributors, Inc.
4554 Progress Road
Norfolk, VA 23502
|Wed, Aug. 22||Evans Tire & Service Centers
14365 Rancho Penasquitos Drive
San Diego, CA 92129
|Mon, Aug. 27||Advance Performance Tires & Wheels
4011 West Linebaugh Avenue
Tampa, FL 33624
|Tues, Sept. 4||Brown’s Parkrose Point S Tire & Auto
12030 NE Sandy Boulevard
Portland, OR 97220
|Wed, Sept. 12||S & S Tire & Auto Service Center
800 North Dysart Road
Goodyear, AZ 85338
|Fri, Sept. 14||Gateway Tire & Service Center
2600 Highway 41A Bypass
Clarksville, TN 37043
|Fri, Sept. 28||NTW
1135 Shallowford Road
Marietta, GA 30066
|Mon, Oct. 1||CJ’s Tire & Automotive
180 W. Church Road
King of Prussia, PA 19406
|Fri, Oct. 19||Peerless Tires
6730 Academy Boulevard N.
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
|Tues, Nov. 6||Centerville Tire Factory
220 W. Parrish Lane
Centerville, UT 84014
|Tues, Nov. 13||Espino Tire & Wheel
7046 San Pedro Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78216
In addition, Hankook is donating two sets of Hankook tires to DAV to help ensure the performance of its MSO vehicles when driving across the country to service as many veterans as possible.
“We’re so grateful for Hankook’s growing and continued support, which further enables DAV to ensure our promises are kept to the men and women who served,” said Burgess. “Now in our fourth year of the partnership, we thank Hankook Tire for the valuable role the company plays in helping us ensure that veterans and their families can access the full range of benefits available to them, to empower them to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity.”
Hankook to Add Nashville Transportation Network Vehicle
New to this year’s partnership, Hankook will sponsor a new seven-passenger DAV Transportation Network vehicle at the Nashville Veteran Affairs (VA) Medical Center, which will drive Nashville-area veterans to their medical appointments. The Hankook-branded vehicle, which will be delivered in 2019, will join DAV’s fleet of volunteer-driven vehicles around the country to provide free transportation to VA medical facilities for injured and ill veterans. This will be the first new vehicle that the Nashville VA Medical Center has received since 2011.
“At our Tennessee Plant in Clarksville, 20 percent of our employees are U.S. military veterans, and we see firsthand the importance of them being able to access the benefits and services they deserve,” said Suh. “And with the new Hankook sponsored vehicle permanently stationed at the Nashville VA Medical Center, we’re proud to provide the mobility services that local veterans need to access proper medical care.”
For more information on Hankook and DAV’s continued partnership, visit dav.org/hankook.