Indianapolis, IN– Arrow McLaren SP, alongside team sponsor Vuse Vapor, presented a wheelchair-accessible van to the HVAF of Indiana Inc. (Helping Veterans and Families) on Tuesday, July 7, 2020. The van was presented at the IndyCar Experience at the Dallara INDYcar Factory near the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at 12:30 pm. Arrow McLaren SP Managing Director Taylor Keil presented the keys to HVAF CEO, Retired Brigadier General Brian R. Copes in front of a small, socially distanced group of veterans and team officials.
“As the largest non-profit provider to veterans in Indiana, this van will be a value-add to our service offerings. This generous donation is especially timely as we lean into Independence Day with our primary goal being to help our veterans find self-sufficiency and independence,” General Copes said of the gently-used van finding a new life and purpose in Indiana. “I’d like to thank Team AMSP and Vuse for the generous donation and support of those we serve.”
The van will provide HVAF a smaller, more reliable alternative to their current 17-person transporter (with nearly 1/2 million miles!), as they fulfill their mission of supporting homeless and near homeless veterans throughout central Indiana. HVAF has 13 transitional properties housing 120 homeless veterans on any given night. Most, if not all, of these veterans are without their own vehicle. As part of HVAF’s supportive wrap-around services, daily transportation is provided appointments at the VA Hospital and other medical offices, to HVAF’s food and clothing pantry as well as other pantries in the food community, and to job interviews. This van will become a newer more reliable vehicle for HVAF staff and the veterans who are transported. It will provide an entirely new option for those veterans HVAF serves with mobility challenges.
“Our relationship with AMSP has impacted our company more than any other partnership in recent memory,” said Natasha Webster, herself a veteran and spokesperson for Vuse Vapor and AMSP team sponsor. “Everyone in our organization, from our CEO down, has gotten behind this. This will be the second vehicle we’ve donated this year- HVAF is the right organization, AMSP is the right team, and Indianapolis is the right city.”
“It’s fitting, as we celebrate July 4th, to recognize that this donation will allow HVAF to continue to provide independence and mobility to the veterans that have served our country,”stated Keil, Managing Director of AMSP. “It’s cliche, but this is a win for Indiana. I’m so proud of this on behalf of our team.”
About Vuse Vapor:
Vuse’s partnership with Arrow McLaren SP is part of a broader effort by the brand and R.J. Reynolds Vapor Company (“RJRVC”), to drive awareness of the next generation alternatives to traditional tobacco that are available to the evolving, adult nicotine consumer. Vuse and RJRVC believe that broad awareness is critical to ensuring smokers have information about alternatives to traditional cigarettes. However, it can – and must – be done responsibly. Vuse has demonstrated – and continues to demonstrate – that its next generation, innovative products can be marketed responsibly to adult nicotine consumers.
HVAF of Indiana (HVAF) helps homeless veterans return to self-sufficiency and engages at-risk veterans and their families to prevent them from becoming homeless by providing supportive housing, case management, food, hygiene, and clothing; as well as other essential services.
Additional Information About Arrow McLaren SP Racing Team//Vuse Vapor
In February of 2020, Arrow McLaren SP unveiled its IndyCar contender for the 2020 series — featuring the Vuse logo on the rear wing, chassis side and side pod tops of the cars. The partnership is rooted in a shared passion for excellence in technology, innovation and design. Arrow McLaren and RJRVC, U.S. marketer of Vuse, also have best practice processes, innovation and respective industry expertise in common. To further celebrate the partnership, Vuse will host exciting engagement opportunities for select retail customers and adult nicotine consumers throughout the racing season and during key race weekends.