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Quick Lane Awards Scholarships to U.S. Military Veterans

“Trading One Uniform For Another” Program
Concludes with Five $10,000 Scholarships

DEARBORN, Mich., December 27, 2016 – Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center announced yesterday it has awarded five $10,000 scholarships to U.S. military veterans through its “Trading One Uniform For Another” program. Developed in collaboration with the Disabled American Veterans organization (DAV) these scholarships will be applied towards costs associated with obtaining a certification in automotive maintenance and repair.

Quick Lane understands that finding meaningful employment is an important task for many service men and women after retiring from active military duty. To assist them in acquiring the skills they need to become qualified automotive technicians, Quick Lane has awarded scholarships in the amount of $10,000 each to five veterans. These funds can be used to pay for tuition, books, and fees at any community college, university, trade or vocational school in the U.S. with an accredited program in automotive mechanics.

“The ‘Trading One Uniform For Another’ program is another example of Quick Lane’s commitment to the men and women who served our country and helping to provide employment opportunities after their service,” said Frederiek Toney, president, Global Ford Customer Service Division. “We are proud to stand beside the DAV in awarding these scholarships to our U.S. military veterans, thanking them for their service, and congratulating them on the pursuit of a career in automotive maintenance and repair.”

Veterans were nominated by friends and family who submitted short essays to Quick Lane regarding why their nominee would be a deserving recipient. The winners are listed below. More information on each awardee is available at

“Trading One Uniform For Another” Scholarship Recipients

Walter J. Decker, United States Army veteran, King, North Carolina

Casey Markvicka, United States Army veteran, Burwell, Nebraska

Robert Jarden, United States Army veteran, Nashville, Illinois

Jessica Johnson, United States Marine Corps veteran, Kennewick, Washington

Marie Sussenbach, United States Air Force veteran, from Greenville, Illinois

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About Quick Lane

Ford’s Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center offers routine vehicle maintenance such as oil and filter changes, light repair services including brake repair, and tire replacements on all vehicle makes and models. With its more than 700 locations, customers can visit to find a center that is closest to them, print savings coupons and review maintenance tips to keep their vehicle running at peak efficiency. This site includes information on how to spot tire wear, how to jump-start a battery and even a series of tips to improve a vehicle’s fuel economy.

About Disabled American Veterans

DAV is dedicated to a single purpose: fulfilling our promises to the men and women who served. DAV does this by ensuring that veterans of all generations and their families can access the full range of benefits available to them; fighting for the interests of America’s injured heroes on Capitol Hill; linking veterans and their families to employment resources; and educating the public about the great sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life. DAV, a non-profit organization with nearly 1.3 million members, was founded in 1920 and chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1932. Learn more at

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