Hello everyone, my name is Robert Hess. I’m an Army veteran, a PTSD survivor, and the founder of the Vets Rally 4 Vets motorsports rally.
Over 6,000 veterans and active duty personnel take their own lives every year – that’s almost one veteran lost every hour of every day.
We can help prevent veteran suicides.
The critical first step in reducing veteran suicide is educating the extended veteran community about suicide early warning signs: such as depression and social isolation.
VetsRally4Vets is an opportunity for veteran motorsports lovers to raise the awareness level about veteran suicide and help vets dealing with PTSD.
2021 is our inaugural event. I’ll be driving across the US from Los Angeles to Washington, DC in late May 2021, stopping at American Legion and VFW posts along the way.
The rally ends with the first-ever military motorsport competition. The event will be a Track Cross competition at Summit Point Raceway in West Virginia on June 26, 2021.
Service teams will compete for the rotating Top Dog trophy and bragging rights. Think of this event as the Stanley Cup of military motorsports.
Jon Felton and his Get Fast crew will manage the event. We have room for just 80 drivers from the Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Navy, and Marines.
Cars will be classed using SCCA time trial classes. Trophies will be awarded for the overall best team score, class winners, the most money raised, and the craziest team uniform.
The VetsRally4Vets is all about friendly inter-Service competition, camaraderie, bragging rights, and fun. But most of all it’s about saving veteran lives.
Here are the next three things you need to do right now:
- Send an email to 2021SummitPoint @ VetsRiding4Vets.com to place your name on our early registration list. You be first up when registration opens in March.
- Block your calendar for June 26, 2021.
- Reach out to your network to form your team and get them on our email list as well.
Can’t be with us at Summit Point? You can join us at one of our local one-day rallies along the way. Check our route map and connect with me at one of our stops between Los Angeles and Washington, DC.
I hope you will join us in defeating veteran suicide.