1945 veterans taking delivery of 1946 models in St. Louis, MO.
For over a century, Ford Motor Company has demonstrated its support to returning war veterans in all aspects of their lives. In the aftermath of World War I, with Henry Ford’s support, Edsel Ford opened the doors of Henry Ford Hospital to veterans, providing them with free medical care due to limitations in government medical facilities. Ford also championed the employment of veterans with disabilities, an effort dating back to 1911, ultimately hiring more than 9,000 people with disabilities by 1919.
Supporting Disabled Veterans
Ford’s support for Disabled American Veterans (DAV®) spans nearly 100 years. The relationship began when Henry Ford provided Model Ts so DAV members could attend their annual convention. Today, Ford continues to provide funding and vehicle donations to help transport veterans to their medical appointments.