BELVIDERE (WIFR) – Jeeps have always been a common military vehicle and now, Chrysler is selling specifically outfitted “Freedom” Jeeps, built right here in the Stateline.
“It makes me feel proud.”
A feeling Chrysler worker and war veteran Ron Reed has each time one of his Jeep Patriot “Freedom” editions rolls off the line. For each Jeep sold, Chrysler donates $250 to military charities. The Jeep Patriot features several military based stars along with custom decal seats, and a special Oscar Mike badge, a military term for “on the go”, is on each of the front doors. With Jeep having such a long history in the military, there was no question it would be the vehicle to honor our military.
“The Oscar Mike addition is based on the 1940 Jeep Willies. Jeep has a long history of working with the military and providing them transportation.
We spoke with the Stateline’s own, Oscar Mike, disabled veteran Noah Currier, who founded Oscar Mike apparel nearly two years ago. His proceeds help disabled veterans get involved in adaptive sports. Currier says it’s a great feeling to see Chrysler helping out our veterans.
“I think what they are doing is awesome. The fact that they are helping a service operation means a lot to us whether it is our organization or not,” said Currier.
Currier hopes to raise $2 million dollars this y ear but hopes one day that his organization and Chrysler can team up together to help all veterans in need.
Last year, Chrysler made nearly 1,300 “Freedom” editions at the Belvidere assembly plant. Production of the 2014 model is currently in progress with between 15 and 30 made a day.