BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Just ahead of Veterans Day, a Baton Rouge student is one of more than 100 veterans and active service members across the United States to receive a free vehicle.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, about 40% of veterans live in rural areas with limited public transportation. Two Louisiana residents are awarded a new vehicle each year through the “Keys to Progress” program. 

One of the recipients, 20-year-old Army veteran Gavin McNab says he couldn’t afford both a car payment and flight school.

“I’ve been there,” McNab says. “I wanted people to help me out when I was walking on the side of the road.”

Without reliable transportation, keeping his wife and son at home while caring for his handicapped grandfather was too much to manage. This life-changing moment for the Liberty University student is a sense of relief and happiness.

“I’m going to take a road trip. I’m going to pick up my family and bring everything back,” said McNab.

To top the excitement, McNab will receive $245, six months of insurance, and a one-year limited warranty.

“That’s definitely going to help me out financially,” he said. “So where I’m not paying on a car note that’s five hundred, six hundred a month.”

The 13B Cannon Crew Member says he’s paying about $11,000 to get his pilot license. McNab says his long-term goal is to work for an airline.

The New Orleans native and first-generation soldier developed a passion for the military and flying through the video game “Call of Duty” and movies like “Top Gun”.

Overall, this young service member says he’s appreciative of programs like “Keys to Progress.” This time around, the insurance company partnered with Enterprise Rent-A-Car company to provide 100 vehicles to service workers across the country.

The company also raised a total of $24,000 to give to each recipient.

To be considered for the vehicle, veterans have to apply. For the application, visit the Progressive website or send an email to KeysToProgress@progressive.com.