Vantage Mobility International (VMI), a leading manufacturer of wheelchair accessible vehicles, is proud to volunteer time and vehicles to serve the military community at the Department of Defense’s Warrior Games in Tampa, Florida, June 21-30.
This is the third year in a row VMI is providing drivers and accessible transportation using minivans with built-in ramp systems for athletes and coaches who rely on adaptive equipment and devices for mobility. For 10-days, 16-VMI employees will use 7-VMI wheelchair accessible minivans to transport dozens of active-duty service members and veteran athletes between their hotels and competition venues, as well as Amalie Arena for the opening and closing ceremonies.
Transportation is extremely important as the Warrior Games are being held at a number of venues across the region including the University of South Florida, Tampa Convention Center, MacDill Air Force Base, Long Aquatic Center, Eagles Golf Course and Yuengling Center.
An additional two dozen VMI employees worked behind the scenes to ship, prepare and maintain vehicles, coordinate logistics, and juggle all the accounting, production and operation needs to keep vehicles running during the games.
“VMI is honored to give back to these inspiring Warriors who embrace their abilities to compete at the highest level on an international stage,” said Mark Shaughnessy, CEO of VMI. “We are grateful for the experience to meet the men and women who sacrificed for our freedom and provide them support to help them be their best.”
The DoD Warrior Games were established in 2010 to enhance the recovery and rehabilitation of wounded, ill and injured service members and expose them to adaptive sports. In 2019, approximately 300 athletes are competing from all branches of the U.S. Military, as well as armed forces from the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Denmark and the Netherlands. Athletes compete in 13 sports including archery, cycling, sitting volleyball, shooting, swimming, track, field, indoor rowing, powerlifting, wheelchair basketball and for the first time in Warrior Games history they will compete in golf, wheelchair tennis and wheelchair rugby. For more information visit DoDWarriorGames.com.
VMI is dedicated to supporting the military community and helping disabled active military personnel and veterans achieve independence. VMI’s dedicated Veteran Advocate Center, staffed by veterans, is available to help service members find an accessible vehicle that meets their unique needs. VMI offers veteran-specific rebate programs such as Operation Independence and USAA that can be applied toward the purchase of a VMI wheelchair accessible vehicle. In April 2018, VMI accepted the Distinguished Service Award from the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) for its commitment to supporting the military community.
Vantage Mobility International (VMI) is a leading manufacturer of wheelchair accessible vehicles built on Toyota, Honda, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) chassis. For over 30 years, VMI has advanced the mobility industry with a robust portfolio of minivan and SUV conversions, as well as platform lifts. Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, VMI has been awarded the prestigious Toyota Gold Certificate for Quality and utilizes Lean manufacturing practices to employ continuous process improvements and deliver high quality products for personal use and commercial applications. For more information, visit www.vmivans.com.
The appearance of U.S. Department of Defense Warrior Games does not imply or constitute DoD endorsement.