Toyota Presents SGT. Joe Mille With A New RAV4 Hybrid! Last year we were pleased to announce that Toyota had given a 2016 RAV4 to veteran Jeffrey Hackett, but this year we are pleased to share Toyota has given a 2017 RAV4 to SGT. Joe Mille. The new model was presented to him on Saturday, April 15th at the New York International Auto Show by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo during the show’s opening ceremony, which was held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan. The RAV4 has been customized with a gas pedal that can be used with a left foot. Toyota shares his story in the official press release:
“In 2012, Sgt. Joe Mille lost his right leg to a roadside bomb during the final month of his deployment to South Kandahar, Afghanistan, where he was a rifleman and team leader for the Army. But he hasn’t let the injury keep him down. After enduring a rigorous, 15-month stint of rehab, the Sitka, Alaska, native reenlisted for another six-year term. Since his injury, Mille has already served as a competition shooter and instructor at the Fort Benning, Georgia, Army base; served as a sniper team leader at Fort Drum in New York; and deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan. He’s now an infantry squad leader at Fort Drum, and pursuing a degree in counterterrorism studies.”
“I plan to make the best out of my time in the Army and look forward to a long and fruitful career,” said the 25-year-old, who is married with two children.
“Throughout his multiple tours of duty, and even after serious injury, Sgt. Mille has inspired Toyota with his commitment, courage and dignity,” said Kevin Curran, assistant general manager for Toyota’s New York sales region. “We thank him for his sacrifices and service for others.”
“The New York Auto Show salutes Sgt. Mille for his years of unwavering service and dedication,” said New York auto show chairman John LaSorsa. “We’re proud to partner with our friends at Toyota who have generously donated this vehicle to honor Sgt. Mille.”
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