The Lentz family, pictured above, is among more than 100 veteran families across the nation who received keys to a newly refurbished vehicle during the 2016 Keys to Progress event.
In Los Angeles, California, Andrew Lentz, his wife and Orion, their huge Irish wolfhound service dog, were among hundreds of families waiting and hoping they would receive a car. Mr. Lentz has struggled since leaving the Air Force six years ago. He said leaving the military was really difficult, but he decided to go back to school. Unfortunately, Mr. Lentz has not been able to secure a job since leaving the military.
“I had to get back into what civilian life looked like, and how I, as a service member, fit,” said Mr. Lentz.
The Lentzs have been trying to start a family, but their cars at home are falling apart and the unreliable transportation is draining his bank account. He said he felt the need to call Progressive and see if they could help. Unfortunately, the size of their service dog limited the type of vehicle the Lentzs could receive. Progressive, however, was able to find the family a car that uniquely fit their needs. The only road block now was transportation. He would have to get to El Paso, Texas to receive it.
The opportunity to help the Lentz family in this way was presented to Copart by Progressive. Copart was able to help with their unique circumstance, by covering the Lentz’s airfare to El Paso as well as the hotel stay so that they could attend the Keys to Progress event and receive their new vehicle. Mr. Lentz said this car was immensely needed and this gift could not have come at a better time.
Copart was able to provide another unique accommodation for a Keys to Progress recipient. Last year, Copart was able to donate a shuttle bus to a special Keys to Progress recipient. The veteran that requested the shuttle bus wanted to help other veterans by offering them a ride to the VA, appointments and other activities.
As part of Copart’s ongoing support of veterans and their families, we strive to honor their dedication and sacrifices for our country in many ways. More than 22 Copart employees attended the special ceremonies at Progressive Service Centers across the country in addition to the cars that Copart donated for the event.
A vehicle not only provides transportation but also independence, which helps these heroes and their families move forward to a brighter future.