Car hauler will become a traveling meet-up spot for Veterans and active duty
NASCAR driver Colin Garrett announced today that he’s partnering with Racing For Heroes (RFH), a nonprofit based at Virginia International Raceway that was founded by a Service-Disabled Veteran to help save other Veterans’ lives by using motorsports as therapy.
Research shows the excitement and adrenaline that comes with racing also helps Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI), by improving neurological and emotional connections that may have been damaged or blown off track by trauma.
RFH also helps Veterans beat addiction to opioids that were prescribed for pain, get access to innovative treatments like Near-infrared light therapy and stem cell therapy, and land new jobs. In 2018, RFH helped Veterans get jobs totaling salaries of $1million per year.
The goal of the Garrett-RFH partnership is to help save the lives of more heroes through a national campaign to raise awareness of RFH’s free programs that combat suicide.
The military has special meaning to Garrett: both of his brothers and a sister-in-law are active duty Army, and he is proud to have in his family Veterans of all branches of the military and all major conflicts.
Colin will hold Meet & Greets throughout the US to raise awareness of Racing For Heroes. Fans will be able to track his car hauler through innovative technology provided by another partner, Propel GPS.
The hauler will become a traveling meet-up spot for Veterans and Active Duty, a place where they can learn more about RFH’s free services and build community with others who understand how they feel.
“I’m super excited to be partnering with Racing For Heroes. I recently visited their facility at VIR and am amazed by all they do for Veterans, and all of it for free,” Garrett said. “I’m looking forward to helping promote their efforts with events around the country, and by running the Racing For Heroes logo on my #18 and #24 Chevys.”
Mike Evock, founder of Racing For Heroes, said “we’ve been searching for a way to expand our mission of using motorsports therapy to combat the Veteran suicide epidemic. The views Colin has expressed and his support for our military and Veterans is exactly what we were hoping for in a partner. This partnership will ultimately help change the lives of those in need.”
In February Garrett announced Invest Southern Virginia as the nonprofit he would promote this season. Racing For Heroes’ headquarters is in Southern VA and their plans to build a one-stop medical center behind the race shop at VIR align with ISV’s economic development mission. When completed, the medical center will provide free medical and mental health services to participating Veterans and their families.
RFH’s for-profit arm, R.F.H. Tactical Mobility, enables 100% of donations to RFH to go to programs. Download our flyer to learn more about Racing For Heroes’ mission and how Colin will be working with them.