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 include trackcross - autocross on a racetrack, road rallies, and car meetups. Connect with us 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 - like Rally The Valley.™ ]
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We held our first Rally4Vets Top Dog Championship™ on October 10, 2021, at Summit Point Motorsports Park, West Virginia. The format was a TrackCross/Track Sprint format that allowed experienced drivers and novices to compete on an equal footing for class Top Dog honors and for points toward the overall Top Dog Championship Trophy. Spoiler – Army won!
We’re back at Summit Point on 22 October 2022, so mark your calendars. Registration is open.
The Department of Defense conducts inter-Service sports competition in 23 sports, from archery to wrestling, but not in motorsports. The DVEN/Rally4Vets Top Dog Championship program is the opportunity for motorsports enthusiasts – veterans, active-duty personnel, family members, and just friends of military service – to come together in a friendly, low-risk environment to compete for bragging rights [Army-Navy football, right?] and to have their Service inscribed on the DVEN Top Dog Trophy.
Beating veteran suicide will take all of us. Just like in the military, we need a combined arms effort.
Anyone can be part of these events: veterans, including National Guard and Reserves, active-duty personnel, family members, and motorsports enthusiasts who just want to support the military/veteran community. We want you!