Calling All Service Men and Women

By Tori T.

Ford has been a longtime supporter of the military. Among its many philanthropic efforts over the years are programs such as Operation Drive One, which involved raising money for troops and their families through test drives of Ford vehicles, and Pride and Honor Flight, for which Ford sponsored two flights for World War II Michigan veterans to visit the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.

In fact, since 1974, Ford Motor Company and Ford Fund have provided more than $6 million to veteran organizations. And the Blue Oval™ was also honored with the 2011 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, given to America’s employers providing outstanding support to employees in the National Guard and Reserve.

While we’re on the subject of those serving, Ford is working with NBC on a new reality show, “Stars Earn Stripes,” in which celebrities compete in military challenges. And the show will feature Ford trucks! Check out the series debut on Monday, August 13, 2012!

Did you know that many Ford employees either have served or are currently serving our country? There are some great stories there, and this video gives you just a glimpse inside Ford at some of the many people who are retired military, serving through reserves and that serve their community and country in some other form.

And now we are excited to announce a new program, one right here on Ford Social. If you are an active, reserve or veteran service member in the U.S. military, we want to see a photo of you and hear about your service! Click here to upload it. We also know that many of you are police officers or firefighters, so we’d like to hear about that too!

Don’t forget to grab the Ford U.S. Forces badge to show your pride!
Eric H 12/30/2012
As a US Army Veteran myself I applaud the efforts made by Ford Motor Company. They were well deserved of the 2011 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award for giving over six million dollars to Veteran Organizations over the years. I am now a General Manager of a Ford Dealership in Fayetteville Tennessee and I see their great efforts in our cities or states and around our great country. Ford is not only a brand name of car but they have set a new standard with their philanthropic efforts and other companies and manufacturers should take notice.
Ford, I'm a retired USAF CMSGT and I served over 27 years. My first assignment after my tech school in jet engines was to SOO St. Marie, Michigan. Big change for a Georgia boy going into those winters in the U P. The wife and I made a lot of trips to Detroit on week ends. Watch the assembly of the 1955 and 1956 Fords at the Ford assembly plant. And you can't miss going throught the Ford Museum. I could spend days in that place
One week end we drove to Detroit in my 1951 Ford. And drove back in a brand new 1955 Mercury. I beleive that the 1955 Mercury was the most beautiful car ever made by Ford. I drove that car 15 years. I'm an old man of 79 years young. And setting im my garage is a 2002 Crown Vick with 45,000.This was my fourth one. And my 1979 Ford Courier with over258,000. I hated it when Ford quite making the Crown Vick. But I figured with my age, maybe I will drive this one till I'm not able to drive any more. I really love thoes Crown Vicks.
Brad B 08/17/2012
Hey Ford ! Brad B here. Just finished up year 25 as a *Coastie or for those land lovers the Coast Guard. When I had the honor of being one of the Ford Social Group up in Detroit in January of this year I was made privy to the "repurposeing" of recycalbles that Ford is making use of in the manufacturing cars and trucks. The 3 R's, reduce, repurpose, and recycle are not just buzz words with Ford. Now, Ford has many of their own in the joint services, I've met them. Ford directly supports many programs thru the Ford Dealer Network in ways like loaning vehicles during events like the Wounded Warriors, and related projects. Henry Ford made the airplanes fly during WWII to support the war effort. I guess I'm trying to say that supporting the active, reserve, an retired American service men and women didn't just start ... Ford has a long history of support for the Military.
Don G 08/15/2012
Ford might like the military but they do not give the Military Discount to Retired members as GM does!!
John Green 08/14/2012
I purchased an Edge in late 2010 because of adds on the TWIT network. I love where Ford is going. Just thinking, would it be better if the car's GPS interface and other functions were more tied into our cell phones?
Donald W 08/14/2012
as a 24 year vet I appreciat your efforts
Calling All Service Men and Women
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