More than 2.8 million American men and women have served in our armed forces since 9/11. For many of them, the most challenging battle they’ve fought is the one that began when they returned from active duty – the battle against depression and PTSD. Frighteningly often those battles end in suicide. In fact, 22 U.S. veterans take their own lives every day. But we can change that, and programs that promote interaction, engagement and teamwork are helping. VETMotorsports is one of those programs.
It’s an award-winning, non-clinical outreach program that honors and empowers injured warfighters through active participation in motorsports. They work with top-flight professional racing teams to embed qualifying veterans as crew members and facilitate events that put them behind the wheel to race. These unique experiences provide them with direction, empowerment and challenges. They provide what wounded combat veterans desire most – a mission, a purpose.
The SCCA Foundation is proud to support the men and women who have served in our armed forces by providing financial support for the VETMotorsports program to facilitate participation in SCCA autocross events around the country. “Across the rich 75-year history of the SCCA, we have been fortunate to have many veteran enthusiasts among our ranks, and today we have them in every SCCA community across the country,” SCCA president and CEO Michael Cobb notes. “The opportunity for us to give something back to the men and women who have given so much in service to our country is both humbling and a honor.”
“We are very grateful to the men and women who have served our country in defense of our freedom,” said Howard Duncan, SCCA Senior Director of Rally/Solo. “Military service builds leadership skills, teamwork, and dedication to task – all of which are applicable to motorsports. The SCCA Foundation is pleased to give back to our veterans through this program and welcome them to be part of the SCCA family in every community across the country.”
“We continue to do everything we can to try and reduce the veteran suicide rate, which stands at an unconscionable 22 veterans a day,” said VETMotorsports Founder and Executive Director Peter Cline. “Having the SCCA Foundation and the SCCA work hand in hand with us … to honor and empower these brave service men and women, is incredibly validating and gratifying. We can’t thank everyone at the SCCA enough for taking up this important cause. They understand and embrace what we’re doing, and they’re going to make a tremendous difference in these veterans’ lives.”