vmiVantage Mobility International (VMI) reports that it has partnered with Toyota Motor Sales USA for the national contest Star Spangled Salute, which offers disabled military veterans the chance to win a 2013 Toyota Sienna SE with VMI’s Access360 In-floor Ramp Conversion. The contest winner will be chosen randomly on November 11, Veteran’s Day, and will receive the new Sienna SE, donated by Toyota Motor Sales USA, according to a recent company news release.

The online contest is part of VMI’s Operation Independence program, VMI notes. Operation Independence is a national program developed by VMI and the VMI Select Dealer Network. The program is also supported by the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA). Doug Eaton, president, VMI, notes that the company established Operation Independence in 2011 to assist in educating military service men and women with disabilities about federal grants, such as Federal Grant 21-4502, and the mobility options available to them. To learn more about the grant and program, click here.

Lt Gen John F. Regni, who recently joined the VMI Board of Advisors, emphasizes that, “Access to reliable transportation is critical for wounded warriors who are reclaiming their independence.”

Eaton echoes Regni’s sentiment, adding that the company has a desire to support individuals in this group “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 contest.”

Mark Oldenburg, Toyota’s national fleet marketing, mobility and strategic planning manager, articulates the company’s excitement in benefitting one of the US’s veterans with disabilities through the Star Spangled Salute content. “We appreciate the opportunity to put such a deserving individual behind the wheel of the Toyota Sienna,” Oldenburg says.

To learn more about the contest, click here.

[Source: VMI]