Chevrolet is celebrating May — National Military Appreciation Month — by expanding its military discount program to military spouses and retirees, offering an exclusive "Honor" badge to anyone who buys an eligible Chevrolet, and by donating $100 to Cell Phones for Soldiers for each vehicle sold with a military discount.
Chevrolet will also sell 99 "Honor & Valor" 2012 Camaro SS models, which will debut during the Indianapolis 500 military personnel parade on May 28. That car is available to order on the GMmilitarydiscount.com website this month.
Cell Phones for Soldiers was the creation of Brittany and Robbie Bergquist of Norwell, Mass., who wanted to help out after hearing of a soldier who ran up a huge phone bill in calling home from Iraq.
To say the program caught the attention of both private citizens and corporate America is an understatement. So far, they've collected more than 7.5 million cell phones and provided military personnel with 90 million minutes of pre-paid calling cards.
The Chevrolet program isn't a small one, either. In 2010, they provided more than 70,000 discounts on selected Chevrolet, Buick, and GMC models. Discounts typically run from $500 to $4,000 off the MSRP.
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