MOAB, Utah – A group of six Jeep enthusiasts, all veterans of the Army, Navy or Air Force, are set to use the annual Jeep Easter Safari in Moab to prepare for an even greater adventure in April, designed to honor America’s servicemen.
The Colorado-based Warrior Jeep team will launch a 5,000-mile off-road expedition along the Trans-America Trail, which will carry them from Andrews, N.C., to Oregon’s Pacific coast. The group formed in 2015 with a mind to help their former brothers and sisters in arms. With a love for Jeeping in common, the marriage of hobby and mission was a natural fit.
The Warrior Jeep kicks off its journey today on some 40 trails in the popular Jeep Mecca. When the team hits the Trans-America next month, they’ll saddle up in the same modified 2015 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Hard Rock Edition that’s set to conquer Moab. Along the way, they’ll attend eight additional off-road events and expos to gather support for their cause. Joining them at these events will be GPS manufacturer Magellan, which is sponsoring the group’s journey.
“We are honored to have the opportunity to not only help the Warrior Jeep Team navigate the Trans-America Trail, but also to support our troops and veterans in the process,” said Sam Muscariello, director of product marketing at Magellan. “Partnering with the Warrior Jeep Team is a natural fit, and we are confident our TRX7 is the perfect off-road navigation solution to safely get the team from start to finish.”
When the team reaches Oregon, it plans to auction their trail-tested Warrior Jeep and give the proceeds to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation and Fisher House, two charities that assist wounded veterans and their families.
David Phillips, head of Warrior Jeep, said the group is grateful to have corporate backing for their cause.
“We couldn’t be happier to have Magellan’s support to help us become the first Jeep to navigate the Trans-America Trail,” Phillips said.