For most of us, the freedom to run errands is something we take for granted. But for some injured veterans, it’s an act of independence that isn’t always possible. ​

We partnered with the Driver Rehabilitation Center of Excellence (DRCE) in Chantilly, VA in 2019 and launched our Drive For HOPE program – a comprehensive driving program designed to help injured service members and veterans get back on the road because our Nation’s Warriors should not be limited by their ability to afford driving independence. ​

One of our first Drive clients was Army Veteran Jeff Cambre, who was referred to us by our partners at DRCE. Through our Drive For HOPE program, Jeff came to Virginia to work with HOPE and the DRCE team. While he was learning new driving skills, the DRCE team modified his truck with hand controls in lieu of foot pedals and other adaptive equipment to help him get in and out of his truck. After his training and vehicle modification, Jeff drove himself and his wife home to North Carolina. In that moment, Jeff’s world changed, and he was once again able to independently participate in daily activities such as driving to an appointment or taking his son to practice. ​

We are incredibly grateful to be a part of Jeff’s story. This chapter in his life speaks volumes about his resilience and reflects the value of the program itself. ​

To learn more about our Drive For HOPE program and how to get involved, visit https://www.hopeforthewarriors.org/transition/drive-for-hope/