If you are driving somewhere in the lower third of the United States over the next several weeks and happen to see a slow moving caravan of electric vehicles passing by, give them a wave. There’s a good chance you are seeing the folks behind Drive for Veterans, a self-described “cross-country fundraising trip to promote support and compassion for wounded American veterans and their families.”
This small group of dedicated individuals is aiming to raise a minimum of $500,000 as it crosses the nation and stops at locations between California and Florida to make appearances at events, celebrations and VA offices along the way. All funds collected through this effort reportedly will be donated to The Semper Fi Fund/America’s Fund and the Fisher House Foundation, two groups dedicated to helping wounded veterans and their families.
The vehicles being driven were manufactured by Columbia ParCar, the organizing sponsor of the Drive for Veterans. They look like golf carts, but are said to actually be low-speed electric vehicles that are street legal and can be driven up to 25 miles per hour. The route they’ve chosen to drive in these electric cars makes sense, given that of over 21.5 million veterans living in the United States, California (1.9 million), Florida (1.6 million) and Texas (1.6 million) host some of the largest known veteran populations.
“Our service men and women are subjected to stress, fatigue, injury and personal pain that none of us will ever understand,” said Del Smith, project manager for the Drive for Veterans, in a statement. “Our work to raise funds, assistance and awareness for our wounded heroes requires the help of the citizens of this great country. Come see us and help our cause when we visit your town. Our heroes are depending on your support and compassion.”