Hankook Enlists Local Dealers to Help With DAV Partnership

Oct. 20, 2016

Hankook Tire America Corp. wanted to get more out of its partnership with the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) charity. So it doubled the number of Hankook-sponsored DAV Mobile Service Office (MSO) stops this year.

The Hankook-DAV MSO stops have provided free services to 172 veterans and their families this year -- a 47% increase over the number of veterans serviced last year.

As part of Hankook’s 2016 partnership with DAV, Hankook hosted four DAV MSO stops this year at partnering tire dealerships, bringing free services like VA disability claims assistance directly to local veterans. The dealerships were Discount Tire in Phoenix on Sept. 14; Gateway Tire in Gallatin, Tenn., on Sept. 15; Gateway Tire in Clarksville, Tenn.; on Sept. 16; and CJ’s Tire in Birdsboro, Pa., on Oct. 12.

As a result of the stops in Arizona, Tennessee and Pennsylvania, DAV’s claims specialists conducted 172 interviews and helped veterans and their families file 87 claims.

"The support of local Hankook tire dealers like Discount Tire, Gateway Tire and CJ’s Tire to host these stops is greatly appreciated as we continue to work together to provide the veteran community with access to important services where they live," says Hee-Se Ahn, president of Hankook Tire America.

The purpose of the national DAV MSO program is to bring DAV’s claims specialists to veterans in their local community, which helps to reduce the distance that veterans need to travel in order to receive help in obtaining the VA and other benefits and services they need to live higher quality lives. Last year, DAV MSO representatives traveled more than 100,000 miles to 879 cities to help veterans and their families.

"Through our 2016 partnership, Hankook enhanced the lives of veterans across the country, and this commitment to helping the veteran community speaks volumes about the people who comprise their great organization," says Marc Burgess, the DAV's national adjutant and CEO.

As part of Hankook’s 2016 partnership with DAV, Hankook sponsored 10 of DAV’s RecruitMilitary veteran job fairs across the country; co-sponsored all five of the Cincinnati Reds’ Military Appreciation Day baseball games; participated in the DAV National Convention; and will be sponsoring the DAV 5K Atlanta on Nov. 5.

For more information on Hankook and DAV’s continued partnership visit dav.org/hankook.