VETSMOTORSPORTS MEDIA RELEASE BLOG...

Injured Combat Veteran Outreach Returns to Mid-Ohio this Weekend.

7/18/2014 Upper Arlington, Ohio.

VETMotorsports returns to the AMA Pro Road Racing paddock this weekend and travels to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, OH. The central-Ohio based non-profit missed the the last round at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, but just recently worked in Colorado Springs, CO and Ft. Wayne, IN. VETMotorsports will place two post 9/11 injured combat veterans into two AMA Pro Road Racing Teams. Assisting in the outreach this weekend will be regular Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series contenders James Gang / Hoban Brothers Racing and Chili Pepper Racing. SuperSport series regular Mullins Cycle Works will also embed a VETMotorsports crew member. A new addition this weekend will be the Monster Energy / Graves / Yamaha Race Team, who will place a combat injured Navy veteran within their program. The overall mission is to provide this generation of wounded veterans a unique and powerful non-clinical outreach program in motor sports. 

“We missed being at the last AMA Pro Road Racing event, but VETMotorsports is looking forward to our 'home event' this weekend. James Gang / Hoban Brothers racing has been supporting our veterans outreach all season, and the addition of the Monster Energy / Graves / Yamaha Race Team adds a new dimension to our program. Our collaboration this weekend with the Monster Energy / Graves / Yamaha Race Team is a considered a pilot program. Overall we want to evaluate the future potential of VETMotorsports, and we will listen to the team and veteran feedback throughout the weekend. There is no doubt that the veterans embedded into both teams will be in a positive environment, and we are grateful for the opportunities that have been presented to VETMotorsports,” stated VETMotorsports Executive Director and Founder Peter Cline.

To learn about or donate to VETMotorsports please visit them on the web at www.vetmotorsports.org or follow them on Facebook at http://facebook.com/VETMotorsports, Twitter @VETMotorsports or Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/VETMotorsports/

VETMotorsports Returns to Indiana to Place Combat Injured Veterans Behind the Wheel.

7/12/2014 Upper Arlington, Ohio.

This Sunday, July 13th VETMotorsports returns to four-wheel competition and travels to the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, IN. The central-Ohio based non-profit will place post 9/11 injured combat veterans behind the wheel by partnering with the Sports Car Club of America. VETMotorsports mission is to provide this generation of wounded veterans a unique and powerful non-clinical outreach program in motor sports. VETMotorsports just recently worked with combat injured Marines at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado, and with Army and Marine veterans in Birmingham, AL. This is VETMotorsports' first northeast Indiana event with cars. 

“Placing injured combat veterans behind the wheel is an effective part of our non-clinical outreach program. Our participants connect will fellow veterans and get peer-to-peer interaction. They are challenged mentally and physically, and the overall outcome is that they benefit from the experience. Our non-traditional approach gets veterans to work thought injures and re-acclimate themselves to civilian life. VETMotorsports comes off two successful outreach events in Colorado and Alabama, and we are looking forward to returning to Indiana this weekend. By embedding veterans into positive environment, VETMotorsports is attempting to provide direction and empowerment,” stated VETMotorsports Executive Director and Founder Peter Cline.

To learn about or donate to VETMotorsports please visit them on the web at www.vetmotorsports.org or follow them on Facebook at http://facebook.com/VETMotorsports, Twitter @VETMotorsports or Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/VETMotorsports/

VETMotorsports Helps Ducati Finish on the Podium at Pikes Peak.

7/2/2014 Upper Arlington, Ohio.

VETMotorsports crew members helped Team Spider Grips / Ducati claim two top-5 finishing positions this past Sunday during the 92nd running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The veteran participants were Ohio-based injured combat Marines referred to VETMotorsports through the United States Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment. The Marines and their Ducati teammates worked 18-hour days and through extreme conditions to assist riders Don Canet and Micky Dymond, who claimed 3rd and 4th positions respectively. VETMotorsports mission throughout the event was to honor and engage disabled combat veterans through active participation in motor sports.

“This past week at Pikes Peak was amazing," stated VETMotorsports Executive Director and Founder Peter Cline. "The whole team, from our Marine veterans to the AF1 Racing crew, rose to the occasion. It truly is an honor to have VETMotorsports on the podium with Ducati at one of the world's most challenging motor sports events. As always, VETMotorsports is grateful for the opportunities presented to our injured combat veterans. By embedding veterans into positive environment, VETMotorsports is attempting to provide direction and empowerment."

To learn about or donate to VETMotorsports please visit them on the web at www.vetmotorsports.org or follow them on Facebook at http://facebook.com/VETMotorsports, Twitter @VETMotorsports or Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/VETMotorsports/

VETMotorsports Crewed Ducati's Storm to Top Three in Pikes Peak Qualifying.

6/28/2014 Upper Arlington, Ohio.

VETMotorsports and Team Spider Grips / Ducati stormed to top qualifying positions on Friday for the 92nd running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Injured Marine combat veterans have been working all week their team's Ducati Multistrada 1200 motorcycles. The veteran participants were referred to VETMotorsports through the United States Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment. VETMotorsports mission throughout the event is to honor and engage disabled combat veterans through active participation in motor sports.

Since this past Tuesday the injured combat Marines have been up at 2:30 am every day to travel to practice locations as high as 12,400 feet above sea level. Temperatures have ranged from mid-70's to the lower 40's. For the Marines their days have been long, sometimes 18-hour days to assist Team Spider Grips / Ducati's efforts. Another concern has been hypoxia, a condition in which the body or a region of the body is deprived of adequate oxygen supply. With practice sessions being at high altitude, VETMotorsports has had to ensure that their Marine participants have kept themselves hydrated, fed and taken oxygen as needed.

“This week with Team Spider Grips / Ducati at Pikes Peak has been a test of endurance and conditioning," added VETMotorsports Executive Director and Founder Peter Cline. "Our injured Marine veterans have risen to the occasion, and VETMotorsports now stands to possibly be on the podium at one of the world's most challenging motorsports events. VETMotorsports is grateful for the opportunity and we look forward to the checkered flag on Sunday. By embedding veterans into positive environment, VETMotorsports is attempting to provide direction and empowerment."

Race day streaming can be found at http://live.todocast.tv/template.ma-ovp.php?EventNumber=TDC-E1731

To learn about or donate to VETMotorsports please visit them on the web at www.vetmotorsports.org or follow them on Facebook at http://facebook.com/VETMotorsports, Twitter @VETMotorsports or Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/VETMotorsports/
 

Injured Veteran to Assist AMA Pro Flat Track Team in Lima, Ohio this Weekend.

6/26/2014 Upper Arlington, Ohio.

This Saturday VETMotorsports will be collaborating with the Bonneville Performance/Castrol/Triumph Team and place an injured combat veteran into their efforts at the Lima Half-Mile. VETMotorsports' mission is to honor and empower disabled combat veterans through active participation in motor sports. Currently the non-profit places post 9/11 wounded combat veterans behind the wheel in sanctioned autocross events, and embeds them as pit crew members within select AMA Pro Racing teams. This will be VETMotorsports' first time in the AMA Flat Track paddock.

“Christy Cottrell (Bonneville Performance/Castrol/Triumph) contacted us about pairing VETMotorsports with their efforts this weekend in Lima, Ohio. With our organization being based just a short distance away we couldn't pass up this opportunity. VETMotorsports will be placing one veteran into Bonneville Performance/Castrol/Triumph this Saturday. VETMotorsports gets to have a presence in the AMA Pro Flat Track paddock for the first time, while finishing up our efforts this weekend in Colorado Springs at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. VETMotorsports is grateful for AMA Pro Flat Track and Bonneville Performance/Castrol/Triumph for making the arrangements, and to provide this generation of wounded veterans a unique and powerful outlet to showcase their value,” stated VETMotorsports Executive Director and Founder Peter Cline.

To learn about or donate to VETMotorsports please visit them on the web at www.vetmotorsports.org or follow them on Facebook at http://facebook.com/VETMotorsports, Twitter @VETMotorsports or Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/VETMotorsports/

Injured Combat Veterans to Assist Teams in Birmingham, AL this Weekend.

5/19/ 2014 Upper Arlington, Ohio.

This weekend at Barber Motorsports Park, VETMotorsports will be partnering with AMA Pro Road Racing teams to embed injured combat veterans as pit crew members. VETMotorsports is a central-Ohio based non-profit that places post 9/11 injured combat veterans behind the wheel in sanctioned autocross events or embeds them as pit crew members in pro racing events. VETMotorsports overall mission is to provide this generation of wounded veterans a unique and powerful non-clinical outreach program in motor sports. The program just recently completed a one-day car outreach event in Toledo, Ohio. On Sunday evening VETMotorsports will immediately travel to Colorado Springs for a weeklong outreach and assist Ducati's efforts at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

“VETMotorsports is looking forward to returning to Barber Motorsports Park with AMA Pro Road Racing this weekend. We had a wait-list from last year, and while were able to accommodate almost everyone that wanted to attend, the need to engage injured veterans is ongoing. With the recent events in Iraq, this weekend's opportunity to engage local veterans could not have come at a better time. We'll have some combat tested Army and Marine veterans embedded within two Vance&Hines Harley-Davidson Series teams, and with the D&D Cycles Triumph team in Daytona SportBike. As always VETMotorsports appreciates the opportunity from the teams and AMA Pro Racing to embed the veterans and give them a hands-on, team building experience,” stated VETMotorsports Executive Director and Founder Peter Cline. 

To learn about or donate to VETMotorsports please visit them on the web at www.vetmotorsports.org or follow them on Facebook at http://facebook.com/VETMotorsports, Twitter @VETMotorsports or Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/VETMotorsports/

Interested in attending? Please contact Executive Director Peter Cline at 614-563-8634 or at VETMotorsports@gmail.com 

 

Injured Combat Veterans to Assist Team Spider Grips / Ducati at Pikes Peak.

6/14/2014 Upper Arlington, Ohio.

VETMotorsports will be partnering with Team Spider Grips / Ducati's efforts at Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. VETMotorsports will join the team immediately after their outreach concludes at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, AL with AMA Pro Road Racing. Currently the non-profit places post 9/11 wounded combat veterans behind the wheel in sanctioned autocross events, and embeds them as pit crew members within select AMA Pro Road Racing teams. 

The Marine combat veterans will be on the mountain beginning Monday June 23rd through the 29th. During some of the practice sessions the crews will be working as high as 12,000 feet above sea level and arriving as early as 3 am. This will be VETMotorsports' first time at Pikes Peak, and their mission throughout the event is to honor and engage disabled combat veterans through active participation in motor sports. 

“We are very excited to have VETMotorsports involved with our team this year," stated Paul Livingston (owner, Team Spider Grips). "The Marine veterans will be a key part of our attempt on Pikes Peak, and we hope that together we will be a winning team!”

“We are very fortunate to get connected with Team Spider Grips efforts at Pikes Peak," added VETMotorsports Executive Director and Founder Peter Cline. "Livingston contacted us through a mutual connection about pairing VETMotorsports with his efforts, and this is a once in a lifetime opportunity for everyone involved. Our veteran participants are all combat tested Marines, and VETMotorsports gets to work with one of the world's most attractive motorcycles; Ducati. VETMotorsports is grateful for Team Spider Grips and their sponsors for making this possible. Every day 22 veterans commit suicide. By embedding veterans into positive environment, VETMotorsports is attempting to provide direction and empowerment."

To learn about or donate to VETMotorsports please visit them on the web at www.vetmotorsports.org or follow them on Facebook at http://facebook.com/VETMotorsports, Twitter @VETMotorsports or Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/VETMotorsports/

Injured Combat Veterans to Compete in Toledo, Ohio this Weekend.

6/12/ 2014 Upper Arlington, Ohio.

This Sunday, June 15th at the Toledo Express Airport, VETMotorsports will be partnering with the Sports Car Club of America and place injured combat veterans behind the wheel of sports cars. VETMotorsports is a central-Ohio based non-profit that places post 9/11 injured combat veterans behind the wheel in sanctioned autocross events or embeds them as pit crew members within select pro racing teams. VETMotorsports overall mission is to provide this generation of wounded veterans a unique and powerful non-clinical outreach program in motor sports. Having just recently returned from Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI this will be VETMotorsports' first northwest Ohio event. This weekend's event also wraps up VETMotorsports' AmazonSmile Fundraiser, which started June 12th.

“In 2013 VETMotorsports placed injured combat veterans behind the wheel in the central-Ohio area to see how effective car racing was as part of our non-clinical outreach program. Our participants were able to connect will fellow veterans and get peer-to-peer interaction. They were also challenged mentally and physically, and the overall outcome was that they benefited from the experience. This is a successful, non-traditional approach that gets veterans to work thought injures and re-acclimate themselves to civilian life. VETMotorsports has no doubt that our first event in Northwest Ohio will be a success. Every day 22 veterans commit suicide. By embedding veterans into positive environment, VETMotorsports is attempting to provide direction and empowerment,” stated VETMotorsports Executive Director and Founder Peter Cline.

To learn about or donate to VETMotorsports please visit them on the web at www.vetmotorsports.org or follow them on Facebook at http://facebook.com/VETMotorsports, Twitter @VETMotorsports or Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/VETMotorsports/

AmazonSmile VETMotorsports Fundraiser

To celebrate Father's Day, from now through 6/15/2014, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate an extra $5 for each customer who makes an eligible purchase at smile.amazon.com in support of Veteran Empowerment Through Motorsports Inc. (VETMotorsports). This is in addition to the regular donation of 0.5% of the purchase price. To donate an extra $5 to VETMotorsports click here to get started:http://smile.amazon.com/ch/46-1521553 

 

 

VETMotorsports Participating in Regional Events this Weekend.

5/29/14 Upper Arlington, Ohio 

VETMotorsports heads into this weekend with a full docket of regional events. After a break from the first round of AMA Pro Road Racing at Daytona International Speedway, the non-clinical outreach program returns to the paddock for round two at Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI. The American Legion post in Bradner, OH will be having a Poker Run this Saturday with part of the proceeds going to VETMotorsports. Finally, the non-profit will also be placing veterans behind the wheel on Sunday in Obetz, OH with the Ohio Valley Region of the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA).

VETMotorsports kicks off the weekend on Friday by embedded post 9-11 wounded combat veterans into two AMA Pro Road Racing Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Teams and one SuperSport entry. The veterans served in the Army National Guard and the United States Marine Corps and hail from Albany, Neosho and Johnson Creek, WI. The veterans and their guests will be embedded with the Harley-Davidson teams of James Gang / Hoban Brothers Racing and Chilipepper Racing. Mullins Cycle Works SuperSport entry will also have an injured combat veteran assisting in the paddock. 

On Saturday members of the VETMotorsports board will participate in the Bradner Legion Riders 2nd Annual Poker Run Fundraiser. The event begins at 9:30 am with a bike blessing and concludes at 4:30 pm. VETMotorsports' is funded by donations and portions of the funds raised during the ride will to towards their non-clinical outreach programing . On Sunday injured combat veterans get behind the wheel for autocross racing in Obetz, Ohio. This will be VETMotorsports' third and final central-Ohio event, have placed veterans into their non-clinical outreach at the The Ohio State University Campus the previous two weekends. 

“One of our board members noted that this weekend is one of our busiest to date. And they were right! But this would not be happening without the support of our all-volunteer board, the racers, our supporters, the SCCA, American Legion, AMA Pro Racing.... the list is pretty big. You can't do all this without a teamwork. VETMotorsports will take the opportunities to engage the injured veteran community and provide a needed outreach programming. The daily suicide rate for returning veterans is still at 22 veterans a day. There's quite a bit of work to be done,” stated VETMotorsports Executive Director and Founder Peter Cline.

To learn about or donate to VETMotorsports please visit them on the web atwww.vetmotorsports.org or follow them on Facebook at http://facebook.com/VETMotorsports, Twitter @VETMotorsports or Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/VETMotorsports/

 

Injured Combat Veterans Compete Again this Weekend at Ohio State.

5/22/2014 Upper Arlington, Ohio.

This Sunday, May 25th at The Ohio State University's Ackerman Road Parking Lot, VETMotorsports will again be partnering with the Sports Car Club of America and place injured combat veterans behind the wheel of sports cars. VETMotorsports is a central-Ohio based non-profit that places post 9/11 injured combat veterans behind the wheel in sanctioned autocross events or embeds them as pit crew members within select pro racing teams. VETMotorsports overall mission is to provide this generation of wounded veterans a unique and powerful non-clinical outreach program in motor sports. VETMotorsports' just completed their first central-Ohio event last weekend at Ohio State.

“Car racing is an effective part of our non-clinical outreach program. Our non-traditional approach gets veterans to work thought injures and re-acclimate themselves to civilian life. By embedding veterans into positive environment, VETMotorsports is attempting to provide direction and empowerment. Last weekend our participants connected will fellow veterans and received peer-to-peer interaction. This is our second of three events in central-Ohio and we are looking forward to working with our injured veteran participants,” stated VETMotorsports Executive Director and Founder Peter Cline.

To learn about or donate to VETMotorsports please visit them on the web at www.vetmotorsports.org or follow them on Facebook at http://facebook.com/VETMotorsports, Twitter @VETMotorsports or Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/VETMotorsports/

Interested in attending? Please contact Board Member Eric Whitnable at 614-296-2727 or at VETMotorsports@gmail.com 

VETMotorsports Announces Memorial Day Social Media Campaign.

5/19/14 Upper Arlington, Ohio  

For this upcoming Memorial Day, VETMotorsports announces a social media campaign that invites veterans, and those who support them, to get involved with supporting veterans in a simple way. Supporters of the military, and military personnel, should take and post in Twitter a selfie or a groupfie (one or more people in a selfie) with the hashtag @VETMotorsports #honoravet #MemorialDay. VETMotorsports will then retweet the posts and share the photos. VETMotorsports encourages posts to include a message of how or why the photo celebrates veteran empowerment, supports our wounded combat veterans and our active duty men and women.This campaign is an easy way to celebrate this important national holiday and show thanks. The campaign starts Tuesday, May 19th and runs until Tuesday, May 27th.

To learn about or donate to VETMotorsports please visit them on the web at www.vetmotorsports.org or follow them on Facebook at http://facebook.com/VETMotorsports, Twitter @VETMotorsports or Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/VETMotorsports/

Injured Combat Veterans to Compete at Ohio State this Weekend.

5/15/ 2014 Upper Arlington, Ohio.

This Saturday, May 17th at The Ohio State University's Ackerman Road Parking Lot, VETMotorsports will be partnering with the Sports Car Club of America and place injured combat veterans behind the wheel of sports cars. VETMotorsports is a central-Ohio based non-profit that places post 9/11 injured combat veterans behind the wheel in sanctioned autocross events or embeds them as pit crew members within select pro racing teams. VETMotorsports overall mission is to provide this generation of wounded veterans a unique and powerful non-clinical outreach program in motor sports. Having just recently returned from Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in California, this will be VETMotorsports' first central Ohio event in 2014. This weekend's event also wraps up VETMotorsports' Armed Forces Day Fundraiser, which started May 1st.

“In 2013 VETMotorsports placed injured combat veterans behind the wheel at Ohio State to see how effective car racing was as part of our non-clinical outreach program. Our participants were able to connect will fellow veterans and get peer-to-peer interaction. They were also challenged mentally and physically, and the overall outcome was that they benefited from the experience. Based on those results VETMotorsports will be holding three events at OSU through June. This is a successful, non-traditional approach that gets veterans to work thought injures and re-acclimate themselves to civilian life. Every day 22 veterans commit suicide. By embedding veterans into positive environment, VETMotorsports is attempting to provide direction and empowerment,” stated VETMotorsports Executive Director and Founder Peter Cline.

To learn about or donate to VETMotorsports please visit them on the web at www.vetmotorsports.org or follow them on Facebook at http://facebook.com/VETMotorsports, Twitter @VETMotorsports or Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/VETMotorsports/

Interested in attending? Please contact Executive Director Peter Cline at 614-563-8634 or at VETMotorsports@gmail.com 

 

 

VETMotorsports Announces Armed Forces Day Fundraiser.

4/30/2014 Upper Arlington, Ohio.

VETMotorsports has launched a "17 Days of May" spring fund raising campaign. VETMotorsports is asking for a tax-deductible donation of $17 or more between May 1st and Armed Forces Day, May 17th. Donations can be made at www.vetmotorsports.org. All proceeds of this fundraiser are tax-deductible and 100% of the money raised funds VETMotorsports' wounded combat veteran outreach program. First observed on 20 May 1950, Armed Forces Day was created on 31 August 1949, to honor Americans serving in the five U.S. military branches.

VETMotorsports is a recognized 501c3 tax-exempt outreach program that places combat veterans into motor sports events that are team-oriented, purposeful and goal driven with actual hands-on time. The non-clinical outreach ensures that the participants are empowered and engaged; making them central components to team operations and including as many caregivers, peers and family members as possible.

“2014 has already been a successful year,” states Peter Cline, Executive Director and Founder of VETMotorsports. “VETMotorsports held an outreach event with AMA Pro Racing at Daytona International Speedway in March, with tremendous success. In May we have three major events lined up: placing veterans into two IMSA (International Motor Sports Association) TUDOR United SportsCar Championship teams at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca; placing injured veterans behind the wheel of specially equipped cars in three SCCA autocross events; and then traveling to the AMA Pro Racing event at Road America at the end of March and getting wounded veterans into the Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series.”

“We are slowly accommodating the veterans on our wait list, and donations enable VETM to get these veterans participating sooner,” continued Cline. “Fundraising allows us to continue the outreach that has positively effected the lives of our participants. Our cost per veteran, per event, ranges from $500 to $1000 dollars. VETMotorsports' objective is to provide this program at no cost to our participants. The '17 Days of May Fundraiser' is another component to help create a long term, sustainable program. Any donation amount helps, and those interested in making a one-time, tax-deductible contribution may do so at www.vetmotorsports.org.”

To learn more about VETMotorsports please visit them on the web at www.vetmotorsports.org or follow them on Facebook at http://facebook.com/VETMotorsports, Twitter @VETMotorsports or Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/VETMotorsports/  

Wounded Combat Veterans to Assist IMSA Teams at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

4/28/2014 Upper Arlington, Ohio.

This weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, VETMotorsports will be partnering with select International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) teams during the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge. VETMotorsports' mission is to honor and empower disabled combat veterans through active participation in motor sports. Currently the non-profit places post 9/11 wounded combat veterans behind the wheel in sanctioned autocross events, and embeds them as pit crew members within select AMA Pro Road Racing teams. This is VETMotorsports' first time in the IMSA paddock, and assisting the veterans will be the Mazda powered SpeedSource and Freedom Autosport teams.

“Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is familiar with our program. In 2013 VETMotorsports placed wounded combat veterans into Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series teams during their AMA Pro Road Racing event. Johanna Koch (Public Relations and Social Media Manager) contacted us about pairing VETMotorsports within two IMSA teams, and we felt this would be a fantastic opportunity. Our veteran participants get to be placed into two world class Mazda teams, and VETMotorsports gets to have a presence in the IMSA paddock for the first time. VETMotorsports is grateful for Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca making the arrangements, and to provide this generation of wounded veterans a unique and powerful outlet to showcase their value,” stated VETMotorsports Executive Director and Founder Peter Cline.

To learn about or donate to VETMotorsports please visit them on the web at www.vetmotorsports.org or follow them on Facebook at http://facebook.com/VETMotorsports, Twitter @VETMotorsports or Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/VETMotorsports/

 

VETMotorsports Seeks Wisconsin Area Veterans.

From VETMotorsports, a 501c3 working with OIF/OEF wounded combat veterans.

The dates have been set for VETMotorsports' non-clinical outreach program at Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI. The event is May 31 through June 1, 2014. We have slots for 3 wounded OIF / OEF combat veterans from the Elkhart Lake area, with 1 position open as an alternate. Making our request a total of 4 personnel.

Our web page has a 90 second video that describes out program, and you can visit it here:www.vetmotorsports.org

Here are the details:

  • Participants must commit to the duration of the program.
  • The participants can bring one guest or care giver.
  • If a VSO representative chooses to be on hand to monitor the event we can definitely accommodate that request.
  • As far as scope of injuries, we can accommodate up to a paraplegic. We have worked with PTS and TBI, as well as other physical wounds.  
  • Ideally the canadates should have some mechanical ability or love for motorsports.
  • We are on hand to monitor the program, but do not have direct peer to peer support. If that is needed we can request it via veteran service organizations.
  • VETMotorsports will provide all the needed passes, shirts, hats, gloves. 
  • The participants will report directly to the teams we collaborate with (their crew chief).
  • Light food/snacks are provided while at the track.
  • What currently is not covered is logistical support for the participants (hotel, fuel, transportation), but this may change as we head into the event. This is why we are seeking veterans local to the area.  
  • If you need to discuss VETMotorsports program with a veteran or VSO representative whom has worked with us, we can provide those references.
  • Veterans interested in participating my email us at vetmotorsports@gmail.com 

VETMotorsports Program Travels to California this Week After Success at Daytona.

3/18/14 Upper Arlington, Ohio 

VETMotorsports had tremendous success in the pits and on the grid last weekend at the Daytona International Speedway. The non-profit program embedded post 9-11 wounded combat veterans into two AMA Pro Road Racing Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Teams. The riders of both teams proved to have a successful races; Paul James of James Gang / Hoban Brothers Racing placing 15th; Chilipepper Racing's Ricky Parker finishing 19th and Hayden Schultz ending up 8th at the checkered flag. Later this week Vetmotorsports will fly west to visit Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, meet with various representatives within the veteran community and then assess the need for their program by attending the American Federation of Motocyclist (AFM) event at Buttonwillow on Saturday.

Off the track VETMotorsports' mission to empower wounded veterans was highlighted all weekend. With James's crew chief stuck in Chicago due to weather, his VETMotorsports crew member stepped up to assist. This became key as James suffered a low-side crash during Thursday's qualifying session. The bike needed repaired before Friday morning, and the VETMotorsports' participant jumped in to help James and his team make the grid. In the same garage Parker was left without a crew chief at the start the of weekend. The VETMotorsports participant, a motorcycle mechanics school graduate, filled the role as crew chief. By the end of the weekend he was invited to join the Chilipepper Team as lead wrench at Road America.

“Our veterans had an amazing experience at Daytona Beach last weekend. To have one veteran step-up and to have another be asked to follow the team to the next race speaks volumes about the value of wounded veterans. James Gang / Hoban Brothers Racing and Chilipepper Racing gave us the opportunity empower and support veterans and we took full advantage of this. By the end of the weekend, you could see a change in our participants. They walked a bit taller, smiled and had become key component to their team's overall efforts,” stated VETMotorsports Executive Director and Founder Peter Cline.

"We were asked by the AFM to see if this concept has a place within their series. So we are traveling out to California to gauge veteran interest and, more importantly, see if we can make this program sustainable. Our program comes at no cost to the veteran participants. But we need on-site monitoring, logistical support and donations to make this program work. By meeting local veteran organizations, going to Camp Pendleton... we hope to find interest by local businesses and organizations to support our efforts in helping the veteran community," added Cline.   

To learn about or donate to VETMotorsports please visit them on the web at www.vetmotorsports.org or follow them on Facebook at http://facebook.com/VETMotorsports, Twitter @VETMotorsports or Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/VETMotorsports/

Daytona Beach Veteran Community to Assist VETMotorsports.

3/10/2014 Upper Arlington, Ohio.

While wounded post 9-11 combat veterans will be at the Daytona International Speedway embedded with select AMA Pro Road Racing Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Teams, the Daytona area veteran community will be supporting the crews off the track. Combat Veteran Motorcycle Association (CVMA) Florida Chapter 20-1, Veteran of Foreign Wars (VFW) Florida District 19 and American Legion Post 361 Legion Rider's have committed to supporting VETMotorsports' mission.

"The CVMA is comprised of Veterans who ride motorcycles as a hobby. We provide a climate of camaraderie that only fellow Veterans can provide. We seek to help Veterans, service members and their families in their time of need. To all Veterans the CVMA says 'Welcome Home!'," stated Florida CVMA Chapter 20-1 President "Tombstone".

The VFW's mission is to foster camaraderie among United States veterans of overseas conflicts; to serve our veterans, the military, and communities; and to advocate on behalf of all veterans. Florida District 19 Commander Bill Buckhannon added, "The official VFW motto is 'No One Does More for Veterans', and we mean every word of this. In Daytona we help every veteran within means."

The American Legion Riders Post 361 will also support VETMotorsports at the speedway. The American Legion is committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome community programs; advocating patriotism and honor; promoting strong national security; and continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans. The American Legion is one of the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organizations.

“Our outreach could not have happened without the support of the Daytona Beach veteran community. We are honored to have such a strong collation of veterans advocates associated with our program this week at Daytona International Speedway. All of the organizations are united with a common mission to empower and support veterans and their communities. An average of 22 veterans commit suicide each day, and VETMotorsports mission is to make a positive difference in our participants lives,” stated VETMotorsports Executive Director and Founder Peter Cline.

To learn about or donate to VETMotorsports please visit them on the web at www.vetmotorsports.org or follow them on Facebook at http://facebook.com/VETMotorsports, Twitter @VETMotorsports or Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/VETMotorsports/

VETMotorsports Launches T-shirt Fundraiser.

3/5/2014 Upper Arlington, Ohio.

VETmotorsports' has launched a t-shirt sale fundraiser help sustain their unique wounded combat veteran outreach programsThe campaign begins on Wednesday, March 5th and runs through Wednesday, March 26th. VETMotorsports must sell a minimum of 50 shirts within 21 days, and will receive $8 for every garment sold. The shirts will only be printed if the goal of 50 shirts is met or exceeded. Those purchasing the shirts will only pay for and receive their order if the 50 shirt goal is met or exceeded.  For those interested in supporting VETMotorsports' by purchasing this shirt may visit the following link: http://www.iheartgarments.com/campaign/vetmotorsports-help-support-wounded-combat-veteran-outreach 

"VETMotorsports chose this unique fundraising format to not only make our programs sustainable, but to also raise awareness of wounded combat veterans. The designer used a soldier's silhouette so that they could place a dove in the soldiers head to represent peace of mind, which is what VETMotorsports provides. The texturing adds a 'broken' and 'worn' look to the soldier to represent the effects of war and perseverance through that time," stated VETMotorsports Executive Director and Founder Peter Cline.

To learn about or donate to VETMotorsports please visit them on the web at www.vetmotorsports.org or follow them on Facebook at http://facebook.com/VETMotorsports, Twitter @VETMotorsports or Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/VETMotorsports/

VETMotorsports Honored by Ohio Department of Veteran Services.

(2/26/14) Upper Arlington, OH 

The Ohio Department of Veteran Services (DVS) recognized VETMotorsports for their outstanding work in helping disabled veterans through motorsports programs. Ohio DVS Director Timothy Gorrell presented VETMotorsports Executive Director and Founder Peter Cline with a Certificate of Appreciation during the DVS Veterans Advisory & Committee meeting.

 The Veterans Advisory Committee is a statutory committee convened to provide advice and counsel on veterans issues. Committee members are leaders and representatives of the major veterans organizations in Ohio, including labor organizations, county veteran service offices, county commissioners, and the Attorney General’s Office. The certificate was presented to VETMotorsports for their work to help disabled veterans through their unique motor sports programs.

VETMotorsports’ Cline stated, "I gratefully accept this certificate on behalf of our veteran crew members, our donors, supporters and our Board of Directors. As we look for ways to create sustainable, long term programs in motor sports; VETMotorsports is honored to be recognized for our efforts in making a difference with post 9-11 wounded veterans. The needs of the veteran community are great, and our outreach has proven to be effective. We look forward to the opportunities and possibilities that will be presented to VETMotorsports in the future.”

To learn about or donate to VETMotorsports please visit them on the web at www.vetmotorsports.org or follow them on Facebook at http://facebook.com/VETMotorsports, Twitter @VETMotorsports or Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/VETMotorsports/