Keys to Progress® Program


5 Years. 500 Cars

In 2017, Progressive celebrated five years of honoring veterans through the Keys to Progress program.

Every November, we host this one-day vehicle giveaway event for veterans at various Progressive and body shop locations across the United States. Since 2013, we've 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.

Event Locations

Vehicle giveaways primarily take place at various Progressive and body shop locations across the United States. Recipients are expected to live in or near these communities.

Program Affiliates

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:

Application Information

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

How to Apply

Non-profit organizations and VA Case Workers need to request applications on behalf of veterans interested in the program. They can be requested by sending an email to

Once a non-profit organization works with a veteran to complete an application, it should be submitted via email to

Applications are reviewed starting in May of each program year and recipients are typically selected and contacted by September 30 per year.

If you don’t have or know of a military charity to complete the application process, go to 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.

Career Opportunities

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 to learn about available positions for which you can apply.

More information

Keys to Progress 2016 Recap

Keys to Progress 2014 Recap

Keys to Progress 2013 Recap

One Auto-Body Shop's Story

In 2017, Progressive celebrated five years of giving back to veterans through our Keys to Progress® program. Since 2013, together with affiliate organizations, we’ve donated more than 500 vehicles to veterans and veteran organizations across the country. See how we’re providing independence for those who protect it.

Veteran Cody Hall, a 2016 Keys to Progress recipient, exemplifies courage and sacrifice. Now, we’re proud to call her a Progressive employee. Here’s her story.

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.

For general questions about the program, please send an email to You also can check here for commonly asked questions.

For media inquiries, contact Julie Kolencik at Click on any image for a larger version to download or click here to download all images as a .zip file.