Defeating Veteran Suicide Through Motorsports
Between 18 and 20 veterans and service personnel take their own lives every day of the year. They commit suicide at a much higher rate than the general population. Depression and stress often lead to PTSD, which is a major suicide contributing factor.
The Disabled Veteran Empowerment Network (DVEN) created the Rally4Vets program to provide a way for the motorsports enthusiast community to support the disabled veteran community and play an active role in reducing the veteran suicide toll.
The Rally4Vets program creates motorsports events to increase awareness of veteran issues and generate funds to support important veteran programs.
Our programs to date include our Rally4Vets driving group on Roadstr.io, our Cars and Camo meetup program, and our annual Top Dog Championship.™ [Stay tuned because we have even more fun adventures in the planning stages.]
The annual Rally4Vets Top Dog Trophy challenge is something very special – a gathering where veterans from all the uniformed Services meet for a friendly inter-service team motorsports competition to see which Service will emerge as the “Top Dog,” but where the real winners are our fellow veterans struggling with life-threatening depression.
We hope you will take a few minutes to learn about the event and then visit our main website to learn more about the Disabled Veteran Empowerment Network and its veteran resources.
Finally, we encourage you to share the event with the veterans in your network and your organization’s senior management, because companies and corporations can play an important role in spreading the word about PTSD, its symptoms, and the help that is available.
Thank you for taking the time to learn about us and we hope to see you at the event and/or welcome you to our support and sponsorship programs.