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MT AARP Encourages Vets to Turn to Safety on the Road

PHOTO: U.S. Navy veteran and AARP Montana State President Joy Bruck encourages veterans to take advantage of free Driver Safety courses this month. Photo courtesy AARP Montana.
PHOTO: U.S. Navy veteran and AARP Montana State President Joy Bruck encourages veterans to take advantage of free Driver Safety courses this month. Photo courtesy AARP Montana.
November 14, 2012

HELENA, Mont. - The salute to veterans continues all month in Montana, with AARP offering free driver safety courses to veterans, active-duty military and their families.

Research has shown that service members have a higher risk of crashes when they return home, says AARP Montana president Joy Bruck, and Montana is home to the second-highest per capita veterans' population. Bruck is a Navy veteran who has taken the class, which is a refresher on driving skills.

"It's the little things, like turning into which lane when you make a right turn, left turn. We forget those things."

She says the AARP course has been shown to help reduce accidents, and auto insurance companies in Montana are required to offer a premium discount to those who finish the class. Last year, about 500 Montanans took AARP up on the offer of free classes in honor of veterans. More than 4,000 took the course during the year.

Bruck says she's taking the class again this month because it's so helpful in keeping skills sharp.

"It's important for all of us Montanans to be vigilant drivers. We hope this will be helpful to veterans and their families."

For those who can't attend a local class, the online version of the training is available to veterans at a 50 percent discount this month. Details and coupons are online at aarp.org/veterans.

Deborah Courson Smith/Deb Courson Smith, Public News Service - MT