Jeep® Brand’s “Operation SAFE Return”
The USO and Jeep®, both founded in 1941, share a common history and DNA in supporting our military men and women. The USO has a long-standing history of lifting the spirits of America’s troops and their families millions of times each year at hundreds of places worldwide. The USO also provides critical support to those who need it most, including forward-deployed troops, military families, wounded warriors and their families and the families of the fallen.
The Jeep brand’s “Operation SAFE Return” (OSR) aims to galvanize community support for service members and their families worldwide.
The OSR program is designed to solidify the commitment of the Jeep brand, as an iconic American symbol, to use “Power for Good” to provide support and aid for our homeward bound nation’s heroes. This multi-faceted partnership with the USO continues the Jeep brand’s commitment to the military by providing support and aid to our returning heroes.
Honoring Those Who Serve - Past and Present
Chrysler Group is proud to support the men and women of the United States Armed Forces, both at home and abroad. Chrysler currently has 24 employees on active military leave; among Chrysler Group’s U.S. employees, about 195 people are currently active or inactive Reservists and 3,982 employees are veterans. Chrysler Group has numerous military related programs emphasizing community growth, support and gratitude throughout the United States and the world.
The Chrysler Group brands have long been an integral cog in our nation’s fight for freedom. Consider the Jeep brand: Born of American ingenuity and tested in the heat of battle in jungles, deserts, and battlefields during World War II – the hardworking and loyal Jeep 4x4s garnered heroic praise and unwavering devotion from allied soldiers the world over. One Jeep vehicle was even awarded the Purple Heart for meritorious valor and duty. The Dodge brand contributed mightily by producing a large percentage of the Army’s fighting wheeled vehicles including large six-wheeled troop and cargo transports, light command cars and ambulances. The Chrysler brand can trace its military support back to the 1930s. As a designated major U.S. defense contractor, Chrysler has at one time or another produced everything from Sherman tanks to B-29 bomber engines, from all types of military vehicles such as ambulances and amphibious trucks to antiaircraft guns, shells, missiles, and even field kitchens and refrigerators. Read more at www.wpchryslermuseum.org.
History is nice, but what is Chrysler Group doing today? Plenty!
- Annual monetary donation to U.S. Marines Toys for Tots program
- Support towards the construction of the World War II Memorial, Washington, D.C.
- Financial support of the U.S. Military, Air Force and U.S. Naval Academies
- Financial support of the United Service Organizations (USO)
- Donation of Jeep vehicles to selected Operation Gratitude package recipients
- The Ram Truck Brand and Zac Brown Band partnered for “Letters for Lyrics,” a national letter-writing campaign aimed at U.S. soldiers deployed around the world. Together, they want to send letters of appreciation to U.S. soldiers serving here and abroad
As a partner with our U.S. Armed Forces, Chrysler has played a vital role in keeping America safe and free. We continue to support the men and women who serve in their fight to enable and preserve democracy for the rest of the world.