SANTA MONICA, Calif., Nov. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — U.S. Army Veteran Major Peter Way had a new reason to commemorate Veteran’s Day this year, as he was presented with the keys to a brand new cargo van, courtesy of TrueCar (NASDAQ: TRUE) as part of their DrivenToDrive program. Way, a resident of Augusta, Ga., was chosen as the winner of the van after submitting an essay answering the questions “What Drives You?” and “How Would You Use a New Van?”. Way was recognized for his selfless service on stage Saturday during the closing ceremony of Team Red White & Blue’s (Team RWB) 2017 Old Glory Relay at the Westfield Brandon Mall in Tampa, Fla.
In 2003, Way was stationed in Afghanistan with Army Special Operations where he worked as a Special Forces Medic, when he was injured twice; once by a grenade and the second when he was pulling another soldier out of a vehicle after an ambush attack. Way served until 2013 when he was medically retired because of his injuries and has since endured more than 30 surgeries, including the amputation of his right leg in 2015.
After a long and difficult journey, Way has found adaptive sports to be critical to his recovery, including adaptive mountain biking, hand cycling, kayaking, cross country sit skiing, and wheelchair basketball. In fact, in addition to participating in previous Old Glory Relays, Way has been active with the US Paralympic Nordic Program, Team Semper Fi, Team Red White and Blue, Wounded Warrior Project, Wear Blue Run to Remember, Warfighter Sports, and the Challenged Athletes Fund.
“I strive to be an example of strength and perseverance for veterans and non-veterans alike to show that if you want to do something, you can no matter what adversity you may encounter,” said Major Peter Way, Veteran U.S. Army. “When I lost my ability to drive because of my injury, I really lost a huge chunk of my personal freedom and identity. This van is really a way for me to take care of myself and my family without needing anyone’s help. I’m so thankful to TrueCar for this van and giving me back my freedom.”
As one of the key sponsors for the Old Glory Relay, TrueCar equipped Team RWB with a van that traveled alongside relay participants as they made their way across the country. At the end of the cross-country journey, TrueCar CEO Chip Perry, and