Chrysler LLC Continues its Legacy of Military Support by Joining "America Supports You"

Participation with "America Supports You" extends decades of Chrysler support to the military

Auburn Hills, Mich., Feb 26, 2008 - Chrysler LLC announces it will join America Supports You (ASY), a Department of Defense program connecting non-profit groups with military men and women and their families. The relationship with America Supports You continues Chryslerâ??s decades-long legacy of support for the military with its products and through morale-building activities.

"The mission of America Supports You merges perfectly with the legacy Chrysler has of supporting the military and their families for decades," said Bob Nardelli, Chrysler LLC Chairman and CEO. "Beginning with our Jeep® products carrying troops in World War II and continuing with our initiatives today, Chrysler has remained committed to the well-being of the men and women who wear the uniform and their families."

Chrysler recently announced a partnership with the Freedom Calls Foundation, an ASY homefront group. Its mission is to connect troops deployed in Iraq and their families in the United States through video conferencing. Chrysler has opened its video conferencing infrastructure at the Company's Auburn Hills, Mich., headquarters so families can schedule time to talk to their loved ones via video conferencing.

The company also supports ASY member Operation Gratitude in their mission to lift troop morale through the delivery of care packages filled with items from citizens in the U.S. More than 1,800 Jeep dealers across the country opened their dealerships and became "drop zones" for citizens to leave donation items that were then shipped to Operation Gratitude's headquarters in California. Included for the recipients of the 250,000th and 300,000th packages were the keys to brand new Jeep Libertys. Spc. Alfonso Sanchez received the 250,000th package and Spc. Michael Gallagher received the 300,000th package.

"We're so pleased to have Chrysler as part of America Supports You," says Allison Barber, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense. "The company's commitment to support troops overseas and their families here at home highlights its long history of caring for our military members."

As troops transition out of military service, many are looking for career opportunities that provide growth, acceptable wages and stability. Working in conjunction with our 3,600 Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge dealers, Chrysler will soon begin offering military leaving the service the opportunity to be connected to one of our dealerships and considered for employment at a dealership location.

In its 83-year history, Chrysler has supported the military in many ways, including:

  • Production of Jeep vehicles that were the primary transportation of troops beginning prior to World War II (1940 - 1970)

  • Supplying Dodge products to the military

  • Supporting the war effort through production of Sherman tanks (1941)

  • Support of the annual Army-Navy football game

  • Vehicle purchase discount incentive of $500 on Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep products

  • Annual monetary donation to U.S. Marines Toys for Tots program

  • Support towards the construction of the World War II Memorial, Washington, D.C.

  • Financial support of the U.S. Military Academy

  • Financial support of the Air Force Academy

  • Financial support of the U.S. Naval Academy

  • Financial support of the United Service Organizations (USO)

  • Donation of Jeep vehicles to selected Operation Gratitude package recipients

About Chrysler LLC

Chrysler LLC, headquartered in Auburn Hills, Mich., produces Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Mopar® brand vehicles and products. Its product lineup features some of the worldâ??s most recognizable vehicles, including the Chrysler 300, Jeep Wrangler and Dodge Charger. The Company sells and services vehicles in more than 125 countries around the world. The operations outside North America have been experiencing year-over-year sales increases since 2004, with a record number of vehicles sold in 2007. The Chrysler Foundationâ??the primary source of charitable grants made by Chryslerâ??annually supports hundreds of charitable organizations with an emphasis on community growth and enrichment, education, arts and culture, public policy, youth development and disaster relief programs throughout the United States and, increasingly, the world. Chrysler is a unit of Cerberus Capital Management.

About America Supports You

America Supports You is an ongoing, nationwide program organized by the Department of Defense to showcase Americansâ?? support for the men and women of the Armed Forces and their families. Since its launch in November of 2004, America Supports You has welcomed more than 340 homefront organizations and more than 35 corporations to the program. Many America Supports You homefront groups demonstrate their support for the troops through letter writing, care packages, helping the wounded when they return home, assisting military families, sending an email or kind gesture. Learn more about supporting military personnel at www.AmericaSupportsYou.mil.


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