TrueCar, AutoNation Reward Vet

By Staff Writer November 16, 2020
Retired Air Force Senior Airman Karah Behrend was awarded the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Retired Air Force Senior Airman Karah Behrend was awarded the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

TrueCar Inc., AutoNation and DAV (Disabled American Veterans) announced the awarding of a vehicle to medically retired Air Force Senior Airman Karah Behrend. The retrofitted 2020 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 was presented to Behrend in a surprise virtual ceremony featuring TrueCar’s DrivenToDrive ambassador, Cory Remsburg, and TrueCar Military’s brand ambassador, Jesse Iwuji, in conjunction with Veterans Day,

DrivenToDrive was inspired by Army Ranger and DrivenToDrive ambassador, Cory Remsburg, who influenced TrueCar’s connection to the disabled veterans’ community. The DrivenToDrive program helps injured veterans, like Behrend, who have greatly sacrificed for our country, regain their independence and get back behind the wheel of a retrofitted vehicle. The DrivenToDrive program took place remotely this year with a virtual ceremony on Veterans Day. 

TrueCar Military brand ambassador, Jesse Iwuji,
TrueCar Military brand ambassador, Jesse Iwuji.

This year, TrueCar Military’s brand ambassador, NASCAR Driver and Naval Officer, Jesse Iwuji, participated as a special guest in the 2020 DrivenToDrive program. He surprised Behrend at her home in Phoenix, Arizona with the brand-new 2020 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2.

“No one can see my disability when I’m behind the wheel of a car. Driving gives me a sense of freedom and the confidence that I’m not limited by my disability,” said Airman Behrend. “Whether it’s running errands or letting my adrenaline flow with off-road racing, I feel like I have my independence back when I’m driving. I’m proud of serving my country and so appreciative to be TrueCar’s 2020 DrivenToDrive recipient. I cannot wait to drive my brand-new Chevy Colorado.”

Behrend joined the Air Force in 2011 as a Signals Intelligence Analyst and spent approximately six and a half years in the military before medically retiring. She was diagnosed with RSD CRPS (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Complex Regional Pain Syndrome) that left her in a wheelchair. The 27-year-old athlete participates in basketball and rugby Warrior Games. Additionally, Behrend is passionate about off-road racing and competes as an amateur rally racer; she recently placed second in the Rebelle Rally, the first women’s off-road navigation rally in the United States.

Behrend plans to use the vehicle that she receives from the DrivenToDrive program to train other disabled individuals how to drive off-road with hand controls, in case they find themselves in a vulnerable situation or stuck off-road. She also has ambitions to create her very own hand controls for manual transmission vehicles, so adaptive drivers can drive stick shift cars.

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