Expanded partnership between United Way of Long Island and Atlantic Auto Group provides veterans with the means to be self-sufficient and successful

November 12, 2016 (Deer Park, NY) – In a week honoring veterans, United Way of Long Island and the Atlantic Auto Group in West Islip continue to develop their partnership in support of the men and woman who have served our country, by expanding its Wheels for Warriors program. Offering veterans the opportunity to own an affordable and reliable pre-owned vehicle, at no cost, the program will now be available to veterans on a year-round basis. Wheels for Warriors helps those that are dealing with transportation difficulties, gain independence and confidence by having consistent access to a vehicle of their own.

Receiving this vehicle is a life-changing opportunity for Mark, the second veteran to benefit from this program. Mark is a U.S. Navy veteran who served during the Vietnam era. In 2008, Mark lost his job and the strain from years of financial difficulties and hardship resulted in losing his home, and wife and son. He stayed with family and friends, but found himself homeless. In 2015, he found respite through assistance programs through United Veterans Beacon House and has now gained full-time employment and a place to live. With his life back on track, travel has continued to be a struggle for Mark as he rides a bicycle to and from work. As the weather gets colder and the roads more hazardous, having a car of his own allows Mark to feel safe again.

“There are far too many veterans on Long Island struggling as they transition to civilian life,” said Theresa A. Regnante, President and CEO of United Way of Long Island. “Individuals who work hard and earn a living, but still have trouble affording basic necessities deserve our support. Wheels for Warriors is a program that provides veterans with that bit of help they need, allowing them to continue to strive for self-sufficiency and success.”

“Atlantic Auto Mall is proud to show our support for veterans on Long Island, and partnering with United Way on the Wheels for Warriors program allows us to honor those who served and protected our nation,” added Josiah Behlen, General Sales Manager of Atlantic Hyundai.

Participants in the program receive a warranty that includes yearly maintenance on the car and membership to United Way’s ‘Car Club’, which helps to educate the recipients on how to care and maintain for their vehicle and provides access to supportive services and referrals.

Atlantic Nissan and Hyundai are the official sponsors of the 2016 Mission United t-shirts, which provide United Way of Long Island an opportunity to increase support to veterans and their families as they transition to civilian life. Proceeds from these t-shirts support partner programs that assist with employment readiness, education, health, legal assistance, emergency financial aid, and housing for veterans.

To learn more, visit www.unitedwayli.org.

About United Way of Long Island

United Way of Long Island advances the common good, creating opportunities for a better life for all by focusing on the three key building blocks of education, financial stability and health. We recruit people and organizations that bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done. LIVE UNITED® is a call to action for everyone to become part of the change. United Way of Long Island is part of a worldwide network spanning across 41 countries and territories, including more than 1,200 local organizations in the U.S. For more information about United Way of Long Island, please visit www.unitedwayli.org, Facebook or Twitter.

About the Atlantic Auto Mall

Atlantic Hyundai and Nissan have been serving Long Island for well over 50 years. Whether it is a new or preowned vehicle, service, or parts; Atlantic has you covered. With over 1,200 vehicles on the ground at all times, it is no wonder why both the Hyundai and Nissan point are perennial volume leaders in both New York and the country. For More information please log onto www.atlanticnissan.com or www.atlantichyundainy.com or call 631-587-0700.

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