Ford Motor Company Fund will kick off its plan to donate $5000 worth of infant car seats to new and soon-to-be Veteran mothers enrolled at the VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS). Ford and VASDHS will hold a ceremony in the San Diego VA Medical Center multipurpose room Aug. 14 at 10 a.m. During the ceremony, VASDHS and Owen Mossy, Chairman of San Diego Ford County Dealers Association, will present the first donations to 23 mothers. VA San Diego will also present mothers with baby blankets.
“We would like to thank Ford Motor Company Fund for their generosity in donating these seats for women Veterans who are transitioning to a new chapter in their lives,” said Jennifer Roberts, VASDHS women’s program manager. “We hope all expecting Veteran mothers will consider choosing VA for health care when looking for quality care.”
Eligible women must be enrolled with the VASDHS and have their pregnancy verified to qualify for an infant car seat. Pregnancy care and delivery is covered through the VA and provided by Naval Medical Center San Diego.
VASDHS serves 8,930 enrolled women Veterans, of which 1,409 are Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom Veterans. Currently, 95 women are seeking obstetrical care using VA benefits.
"The Ford Motor Company has long supported our nation's military so, when we launched our charitable giving program in San Diego, we quickly focused on efforts to help veterans and their families,” said Mary Walter-Brown, Ford Motor Company Fund spokesperson. “As an automaker, we put auto safety first. Providing safe car seats to military families seemed the perfect contribution."
Ford Motor Company Fund is a private non-operating foundation parented by Ford Motor Company that awards charitable grants for educational, community, civic and cultural purposes.
For more information, contact Jennifer Roberts at (858) 642-3676.