We are a veteran services 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Our mission is to empower veterans dealing with the seen and unseen wounds of war by filling the gaps left by scarce government resources in an effort to end veteran suicide. How do we help? We put veterans behind the wheel and we race!
the veteran community with a new mission and a place to belong. We find it important to provide Veterans with task and purpose, something most Veterans find missing when leaving the service.
Through our participation in research studies, the scientific community is proving that the excitement and adrenaline of racing help Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) and Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) by improving neurological and emotional connections damaged by trauma.
Our health and wellness programs support Veterans ready to find alternatives to addictive drugs and self-medications in order to better handle the challenges they face in everyday civilian life.
Above all, we use motorsports therapy to help end Veteran suicide.
The US Institute of Medicine (IOM) found that the scientific evidence on treatment modalities for PTSD was “below the level of certainty that would be desired for such a common and serious disorder”. The IOM has identified but one treatment component of CBT – Exposure Therapy – to have convincing evidence behind it. The evidence for other treatment modalities, including pharmacological therapies have been found to be inadequate.
There are many different types of Exposure Therapy that works for different veterans. This is where RFH is particularly focused as we have developed the Motorsports Therapy Program to allow veterans to accomplish exposure therapy in a controlled environment that parallels the adrenaline rush and focus that they had in uniform, without the same level of risk to life and limb.
Veterans participate with fellow veterans. From the pit crew, mechanics and fuelers, all the way to the race coaches and instructors. Racing For Heroes is one of the few outreach programs for veterans that is composed mostly by veterans. It's a full spectrum familiar association of people that know the language and the lingo and have walked in the same footsteps.
RFH’s Founder, retired US Army Special Forces CW3, Mike Evock returned home to Clinton County a few years into his retirement from the United States Army and afterward he realized the best way to manage the effects of his Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Brain Disorder (PTSD) was through auto racing.
Our team is always looking for more veterans to join up and get in on the action. Reach out and contact us if you'd like to be involved in our program or if you'd like to help our cause. Whether its knee deep in a race or just coming out to be around the environment, we have something for all veterans and we never turn away helping hands.