In 2017, Progressive is celebrating five years of honoring veterans through the Keys to Progress program.
Every November, we host this one-day vehicle giveaway event for veterans at Progressive Service Centers and other locations across the United States. With this year’s giveaway, we’ll have donated more than 500 vehicles to veterans and veteran organizations.
We see the need in our communities to provide transportation support to military men and women facing tough circumstances in life – from difficult personal and family health needs to excessive rent burdens, unemployment and homelessness. One of Progressive’s Core Values is the Golden Rule. The Keys to Progress program is one way we put that into action and give back to people who've given so much for our country.
Vehicle giveaways primarily take place at Progressive Service Centers, one-stop facilities where we handle claims and coordinate repairs for customers. Recipients are expected to live in or near these communities.
We work with military and charity organizations to find veterans in need of a vehicle and with our network of auto-body shops and national salvage companies to identify and refurbish vehicles for donation. We also work closely with these organizations to administer this program every year:
If you are a veteran and have interest in being a Keys to Progress program vehicle recipient you need to apply through a non-profit organization (e.g., charity, military association like a Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) post, Veterans Administration (VA) hospital, etc.) and meet specific criteria, including:
Be able to provide a DD214
Be below the Geographic Income Threshold for your county, reference VA’s Means Test for Priority Group 7 or 8 National Income Limits
Have a valid driver’s license
Have clean driving record – no major infractions in past seven years
Be able to insure and maintain the vehicle
Not own a vehicle currently or show a hardship with current vehicle
At least one year of income tax filing
Be able to cover recipient legal obligations and liabilities, including vehicle title transfer fees, all applicable sales tax and fees after one year of vehicle ownership, and insurance coverage after the first six months of vehicle ownership
Applications are reviewed starting in May of each program year. If you don’t have or know of a military charity to complete the application process, go to VA.gov to find a local veteran office or contact your local VFW post. Vehicles are distributed once a year, typically in November, through the Keys to Progress program.
Progressive employs 1,200-plus veterans who've served our country or who continue to do so as reservists. We proudly support our veteran employees with military-specific offerings. Visit progressive.com/jobs to learn about available positions for which you can apply.
Since 2013, Progressive and its affiliates have worked together to donate hundreds of vehicles to veterans and veteran organizations. See how we continue the tradition of providing independence for those who protect it.
In 2016, more than 100 refurbished vehicles were donated to veterans and their families at Keys to Progress® events held across the country.
Retired U.S. Marine veteran Staff Sgt. James Sides gets a huge surprise thanks to Progressive’s 2015 Keys to Progress® program.
See how getting a car through the program in 2014 has changed the lives of U.S. Air Force veteran Francine Morgan and her daughter Brittany.