Racing For Heroes is focused on helping Veterans with the challenges they face as they attempt to assimilate back into society, while dealing with visible and invisible battle scars.
Racing For Heroes Mud Bash | Salute to Service Golf Tournament
Houtzdale, PA / Oceola Mills, PA
What to expect: ATV/UTV ride in the central Pennsylvania mountains, camping, fishing, camp fire, talk with other veterans and meet with our PTSD specialist on site.
Dates: 10 September 2016 & 11 September 2016
Why: Making the Pennsylvanian Veterans community stronger through team building and by creating a sense of community.
Cost: Free to Veterans | Limited Space | First Come First Served
Registration Cut Off: 1 September 2016
Meals Provided: Friday Evening Dinner | Saturday Morning Breakfast | Saturday Evening Dinner | Sunday Morning Breakfast | Sunday Afternoon Lunch
Belles Spring Golfcourse
417 Fairground Rd, Mill Hall, PA, 17751
Co-sponsored by VFW Benefits Center
Registration starts at 7:00am,
Shotgun starts at 8:00 am
Saturday, August 13, 2016
18 holes, each honoring a local Veteran
Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 teams for the following challenges:
Longest Drive (Men) | Longest Drive (Women)
Closest to the Pin | Longest Putt
Contact : Lynn Harter | 570-660-7856
We build strong communities of multi-generational Veterans by encouraging, mentoring and creating a strong camaraderie around a common interest in auto racing.
It is our commitment to assist all Veterans in accessing, managing and sustaining available resources through education, advocacy, and support.
Racing for Heroes builds racing teams to help our Veterans through their recovery, rehabilitation, and assimilation. Teams will take away vital skills they can use in their professional and personal lives.
Baja Therapy with Wide Open
I had a wonderful experience spending time with other Veterans in Baja California. We were given a mission to recon one the most grueling desert races in the world, the Baja 1000. Our team of 7 Vets with various backgrounds, linked up with a civilian asset that provided all necessary vehicles and equipment to conduct our recon. Being a part of this team of Vets was one of the best times that I have had to date in my life. The camaraderie that was established between all of us is a bond and a memory that always brings a smile to my face and that will last a life time. Working together as a team to race across the Baja desert of a 1000 km. is going to be one of our greatest challenges since leaving the Military, but that’s who we are and what we do best. Racing for Heroes mission, is to find our Veterans, get them together and let racing, being a part of a team and just having a dang good time, be the medicine to help them through their difficult time. Focusing on such a task takes your mind off of the bad memories and focuses them on a positive goal. Being with other Veterans that understand what we have been through is another key piece that will help us heal. I am proud to be a part of Racing for Heroes efforts to take care of our Veterans. We must stand together for them and give back more than they have lost.-Luke Doak
“Never above you, Never below you, Always beside you”
The Racing for Heroes Baja trip in April 2016 was simply amazing! I was fortunate enough to have seven veterans, several whom I have met for the first time, race across the famed Baja 1000 course in Wide Open Baja Challenge cars. Being around fellow veterans who suffer from the crippling effects of PTS, was not depressing, but rather invigorating! I have spent many of days, weeks wondering if I was the only one who had these thoughts, depression, anxiety, and a false sense of purpose. Racing the cars on the desert track was part of it and when the days ride concluded, the bonding commenced. Sitting at the dinner table and after, the only thing heard was laughter. The old adage, “laughter is the best medicine” is spot on in this setting. We sat not wondering about anything, no one as depressed, and even though we just met days prior, as an outsider listening, you would have thought we grew up together. Without Racing for Heroes, this event would not have occurred. There would not be a group of disabled veterans tearing up the Baja landscape during the day and recounting the activities of the day over dinner and adult beverages. I will not speak for anyone but myself, so I will state that racing those three days with great brothers and sisters made me have a feeling that I had suppressed for many years, and that would be total happiness. There is no drug or alcohol that could make you feel better than racing and through Racing for Heroes, disabled veterans such as myself will always feel the exhilaration/rush of speed with other disabled veterans. -MAJ Kurt Cook, USA, RET. (U.S. Army Special Forces)