Vaughn, who lost a son in
The initiative was part of a "Keys to Progress" program initiated by Progressive in 2013. It has donated 300 reconditioned vehicles to veterans and veteran families since then. When Progressive chose to help an
"We do a lot of work with Progressive, we've got a good relationship with them," Vaughn said. "What they did was get a total-loss car from their yard in
Vaughn said he wanted to be as good to Hayden as Rydell has been to him following his son's death.
"This is one big family," Vaughn said. "When I lost Travis, I was off for maybe five weeks." The dealership made sure he was provided for financially. His coworkers also were respectful.
The dealership has supported Brad's wife Kandie's annual "Shower of Gifts" initiative to raise donations of personal items to residents of the Iowa Veterans Home in Travis' memory.
"This was a deal that Progressive brought to us because they knew of Brad's history with Trav, and our support of veterans and veteran services over the past decade," said
In addition to regular support of
"Very veteran friendly," Vaughn said.
"We make sure all our vehicles are right, but we really went over this with a fine tooth comb because of who it was going to," Halbur said.
Rydell representatives will present the vehicle to Hayden Thursday at Progressive's
In a letter to Progressive, Hayden -- recently divorced with shared custody and needing a dependable vehicle in which to transport his sons -- wrote: "I have to be honest and say it's more in my heart to ask for the vehicle for my children's sake than mine ... . As a veteran of
He noted his sons want to go to a
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