Purple Heart Recipient Awarded a New SUV from TrueCar on Veteran’s Day

Retired U.S. Army Col. Greg Gadson was chosen as the recipient of TrueCar and Autonation’s annual DriventoDrive award. He was honored for his work in inspiring wounded veterans. For his award, he received a brand new Chevrolet Suburban High Country SUV, fitted with the equipment required for him to drive it.

Gadson spent 26 years as a field artillery officer after graduating from West Point. During his time in the field, he lost both of his legs in an IED explosion in Baghdad. The explosion occurred as he was walking back from a memorial for two of his fellow comrades. 

Gadson received a Purple Heart, as well as several Bronze Stars and Merit Medals. In 2014 he retired as commander of the U.S. Army Fort Belvoir in Fairfax County. He continued to work as a motivational speaker and photographer. 

After Gadson received the award, he said:

“As I look at my own recovery, the number one thing that made me feel most normal was the first time I was able to drive again after being wounded, so I appreciate the significance of the DrivenToDrive initiative and what it provides to injured veterans like myself.”

Mike Darrow, Chief Executive Officer and President at TrueCar said, “We’re especially pleased that through the DrivenToDrive initiative we have the opportunity to provide a vehicle to Col. Gadson who we know will put it to good use by giving back to the veteran groups he travels the country to speak to.”

TrueCar’s military program helps active military members and veterans find special deals on automotive purchases.

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