Marines from Wounded Warrior Regiment to Work as Pit Crew Members

Upper Arlington, OH. (July 29th) - Veterans Empowered Through Motorsports (VETM) will assist local United States Marine Corps Veterans for this week's AMA Pro Road Racing event at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, UT. The Marines are assigned to their local USMC Wounded Warrior Regiment (WWR) District Injured Support Coordinator, and will be as part of the #3 and the #46 M.O.B. Racing Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson entries teams.  Helping facilitate VETM in the veterans outreach will be Utah local veteran-owned business Lock-N-Load Java.

As a Marine veteran with multiple deployments in Iraq, Christopher McDaniel was a VETM crew member for the #46 M.O.B. Racing Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson entry at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. McDaniel had this to say to his fellow Marines selected to participate: "I think this event is great for all wounded warriors. It is uplifting, gives us a better outlook on the battles that we have faced and shows that we are appreciated for what we have done. For the Marines attending the event at Miller Motorsports Park, they should be prepared to be engaged on all levels throughout the weekend."

LTC(R) Carl Churchill, President of Lock-n-Load Java, stated, “These kinds of events are vital as we transition warriors back into the civilian sector.  Not only do they allow veterans to participate in events that provide purpose and a sense of accomplishment, but they allow the community to see veterans in a positive light. With fewer citizens serving in the military and combat, these kinds of events are helpful in bridging the gap.”

The WWR serves Marines who are wounded in combat, fall ill, or are injured in the line of duty. This includes active duty, reserve and veteran Marines. Whether a wounded, ill or injured Marine is assigned to the WWR or remains with their parent command, each individual Marine requires varying levels of support and care. The USMC and the WWR are there to provide that support throughout a Marine's recovery mission.

Located in Salt Lake City, Lock-n-Load Java is a veteran owned and operated company dedicated to our military, our veterans, and those who support them. They donate $1 from every order to military charities and send donated coffee to those deployed. The company was founded in 2010 by LTC(R) Carl Churchill, a combat veteran with 21 years of service as both an enlisted soldier and officer. In founding Lock-n-Load Java, Churchill committed to organizing and running the company based on the experiences that a lifetime of service leadership in the military taught him... while ensuring the fun and camaraderie he experienced in the military remained a core part of the company.

The Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series practice begins on Saturday.

VETM supporters are: Oxford Consulting Group, Day Ketterer, Drippin'Wet, Ellanet, Midwest Motorcyclist, Motion Pro, Optimum Print Solutions, Portfolio Creative, XR1200 Owners Group.

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