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Veteran Empowerment Through Motorsports Inc


Upper Arlngton, OH


Sometime in the next 60 minutes, a post 9/11 combat veteran will take their own life.

All told, that's nearly 22 veterans a day.

Twenty two mothers and fathers; sons and daughters

Twenty two of our friends and neighbors

Twenty two American warriors a day who sacrificed their bodies and spirits in answering our nation's call to serve; and who bear painful scars left by that service which are sometimes difficult to see and, for too many, even more difficult to understand.

Every day twenty two lives are lost; lives we might have saved.

We can do better.

At VETMotorsports, our mission is to make a difference…

Our mission is to attack the enemy of veteran suicide by focusing, not on simple charity, but on meaningful empowerment by providing all our wounded warriors with a renewed sense of purpose.

VETMotorsports is an award winning non-profit veteran support organization that uses active participation in and around organized motorsports as an innovative and highly effective form of non-clinical outreach.

This is not about parades or honorifics; it's about giving these men and women the chance to be a real and contributing member of competitive race teams. There is no analog for combat but team oriented competitive motorsports is a great way to reclaim many of the most rewarding aspects of military service; the camaraderie, a sense of shared goals, teamwork, and even family.

Since 2013, we have successfully placed more than 124 injured warfighters and their caregivers into over 49 unique motorsports events; from vintage NASCAR to IMSA to SCCA to MotoAmerica and AMA Pro Racing—All with unbelievable results.

Many great charities are focused on raising money. Ours is focused on creating opportunities. VETMotorsports offers our wounded veterans a new sense of meaning and purpose by embedding them into team-oriented, high energy, and rewarding environments that challenge, motivate, and inspire them.

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VETMotorsports is not a racing team, but collaborates with existing teams to embed veterans into unique motorsports activities. The VETMotorsports program provides its participants with actual hands-on experience and immersion in a unique format, engaging wounded combat veterans over a sustained period of time and providing access to real-time activities and leadership roles in a high-stress motorsports environment. These events help empower veteran warriors, providing the same adrenalin rush and sense of vitality and teamwork felt in active duty. They engage, participate, and contribute in events that focus on ability and moving forward rather than disability and the past.

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Mr. Peter Cline


Mr. Bernard Willis II

Main Address

PO Box 218203

Upper Arlngton, OH 43221 USA







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Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

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We will collaborate with Triumph Motorcycles North America and provide 18 opportunities nationwide for injured war fighters.

We will create mentorship and peer-to-peer programs for participating war fighters at VETMotorsports events, and develop long term leadership roles for injured war fighters.

We will continue to provide positive mental and physical stimulus through motorsports. We will continue to provide wellness activates in the central Ohio area and provide out-of-state opportunities for the local injured war fighters.

We will improve our capital fundraising efforts to make VETMotorsports sustainable.

We will reach the veterans by promoting veteran to veteran ('battle buddy') partnering with previous participants and veterans struggling with transitioning back to mainstream.

VETMotorsports uses motorsports as an inspiration to propel veterans forward, to encourage veterans to fund their strengths and motivations and to be inspired. We are not a race team, but use existing team structures to provide needed non-clinical outreach. As VETMotorsports expands our relationships and collaborations in the community, we are sharing our passion and strengths with those who have given so much, but asked for so little.

As we move forward, our number one priority is to stay true to our mission and maintain the trust of the veteran community. Those two cornerstones, coupled with long-term sustainability, will ensure the success of VETMotorsports. On behalf of our board of directors and advisors, who share a unique vision for veteran empowerment, and as founder and executive director of VETMotorsports, I encourage you to join our unique mission of wounded combat veteran outreach.

VETMotorsports has military and civilian leadership in the areas of program implementation, governance and is building upon that for long term sustainability.

Veteran feedback, as well as donor input, will guide us as we grow. As long as VETMotorsports 'tracks true' within the veteran community that is our #1 priority.

We engaged over 40 injured war fighters and their caregivers in over 15 events across the United States.

We increased our programming to accommodate more veterans in need and improve the quality of experiences VETMotorsports provides to their injured warfighter participants.

We collaborated with SPIKE TV to promote injured veteran awareness and to draw attention to the current suicide rate of 22 veterans a day.

We became an award-winning program with our CEO being awarded the Columbus Volunteer of the Year by Direct Energy/ThisWeek Community Newspapers and the Hazel Kolb Award by the American Motorcyclist Association.

We continued to strengthen community relationships with veterans service groups and transition-based organizations while cultivating new relationships within the veteran community.

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