A screen shot of the new Jeep Wrangler Freedom Edition from Jeep.com
Detroit, MI (written by Chris Woodyard/USA Today) -- Of all the vehicles out there, few have their roots directly in the armed forces, especially now that the Hummer is gone from showrooms.
So as memories of Fourth of July fireworks start to fade, it's only appropriate that Jeep rolls out a special model aimed at honoring service members.
It is the new 2012 Jeep Wrangler Freedom Edition. It is available, of course and most fittingly, in red, white or blue. It features a military-inspired star decal on the hood and rear quarter panels, along with a fender badge.
Jeep says it will donate $250 from each Wrangler Freedom Edition it sells to charities that benefit U.S. military members. Specifically, funds will be split between the Fisher House Foundation and the I Support Foundation. Fisher House Foundation provides a "home away from home" for military families to be close to a loved one during hospitalization for an illness, disease or injury, while the I Support Foundation provides resources to troops returning home -- such as jobs and various health care needs -- and issues grants to 40 charities that provide valuable services to U.S. veterans.
The Jeep brand has a long, renowned history that began with its significant presence and success within the U.S. military," said Mike Manley, CEO of the Jeep brand.