Connecticut’s Premier Auto Group honors Veteran’s Day with complimentary vehicles presented to a veteran and military family

Roger Rua and his family receive his vehicle from Premier Subaru Middlebury

Rachel Clark and her family receive their vehicle from Premier Subaru

Naugatuck veteran and Glastonbury family are recipients of 2023 Subaru Foresters

Our veterans are among our nation’s most valued individuals and we take great pride in helping them make the transition to civilian life.”

– Robert J. Alvine

BRANFORD, CT, U.S., Nov. 21, 2022 / — Connecticut Subaru dealerships Middlebury and Branford of Premier Auto Group celebrated this past Veterans Day monumentally a distinguished veteran and military family by presenting each with a stamp – new Subaru in separate ceremonies. A 2023 Forester was presented to United States Marine Corps Corporal Roger Rua by the dealer in Middlebury, while the family of the late US Army Master Sargent Michael David Clark was the recipient at the Branford site.

“We were absolutely thrilled to bring new vehicles to such a deserving veteran and military family – both will greatly benefit from this gift of reliable, free transportation,” said Bob Alvine, President of Premier Auto Group. “Our veterans are among our nation’s most valued individuals, and we take great pride in helping them make the transition to civilian life.”

Born and raised in Connecticut, Roger Rua joined the military in January 2010 after feeling a commitment to serving and protecting his country. He was based in Okinawa, Japan and was later deployed to Afghanistan in 2011, where he was wounded during combat and received a Purple Heart for injuries sustained. Roger has been honored with several additional awards for his service including the Combat Action Ribbon, Afghanistan Campaign Medal and more. After four years of loyal service, he retired from the military and now lives with his family in Naugatuck, Connecticut.

US Army Master Sergeant Michael David Clark was born in Springfield, Mass. and grew up in Glastonbury, Connecticut. He joined the military in 2000 and served with honor. Combat Action Badge and Combat Medical Badge. While training at Fort Gordon, Georgia, before his next assignment, Michael tragically succumbed to injuries sustained when he was struck by lightning. He is survived by his wife Rachel and their two children.

The two Subaru giveaways were presented in partnership with the Military Warriors Support Foundation (MWSF). Since 2015, this organization has worked with partners across the country to give away more than 145 pay-free vehicles to deserving veterans and their families. In addition to providing vehicles, MWSF supports combat-injured veterans and Gold Star spouses through family and financial mentoring programs. These programs provide critical transitional support to cover housing, outdoor recreation, transportation support and leadership development. To date, MWSF has enabled participants to pay off more than $26 million in debt.

Roger and Rachel were selected to each receive a Subaru after applying to MWSF’s Transportation4Heroes program, which includes a rigorous vetting process to ensure selected veterans and/or their families are the most deserving recipients. MWSF works directly with veterans to ensure that the gift of a payment-free vehicle helps them transition out of the military and into their new civilian life.

The cost of the vehicles for this Veteran’s Day giveaway was fully funded by Premier Auto Group and is in addition to the Premier dealer’s participation in Subaru’s nationwide corporate give-back commitment.

For 14 years, the leading automobile brand has held its Subaru Share the Love® Event where $250 will be donated for every new Subaru purchased or leased from participating retailers. New Subaru owners have the privilege of choosing a local or national charity to receive their donation. To date, more than $227 million has been donated to 1,700 charities through Share the Love® Event. These include the rescue of more than 74,000 animals through the ASPCA, the making of 2,700 wishes through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and the delivery of more than 2.5 million meals through Meals on Wheels.

About the Military Warriors Support Foundation
The Military Warriors Support Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity founded by retired LTG Leroy Sisco and in 2022 is celebrating 15 years of her mission to serve our nation’s battle-injured heroes, Gold Star spouses, and their families. Its programs focus on housing and home ownership, recreational activities, transportation assistance, and leadership development. The foundation is on track to give away 1,000 mortgage free homes in all 50 states and more than 145 payment free vehicles. In addition to the apartment or the vehicle, the families receive family and financial support. More than $26.2 million in personal hero debt has been paid off through the mentorship program.

About Premier Auto Group
Premier Auto Group started with a small Subaru shop in Branford, then added the Kia shop in Branford, followed by the Subaru shop in Watertown (now in Middlebury). They recently added a new luxury showroom, Premier Premium, in Branford to bring the total to four Connecticut dealerships. Bob Alvine is President of Premier Auto Group and prides himself on the dealers’ unique approach. They are the only auto company in the state that employs non-contracted salespeople who are compensated based on customer satisfaction. Premier Auto Group dealerships are huge supporters of the local community and have been heavily involved in charitable work and donations since their inception. As advocates of giving back to the areas they serve, they are proud to donate vehicles to support the mission of the Military Warriors Support Foundation.

Robert J Alvine
First car group
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