Rally4Vets: Driving Toward a Future Free of Veteran Suicide. . .
Through exhilarating community events and service dog training, Rally4Vets empowers the community of veterans and paves the path for healing and a better quality of life.
Rally4Vets operates under the umbrella of Disabled Veteran Empowerment Network (DVEN) with a crucial mission to provide mental health resources for those who suffer from invisible wounds caused by their selfless sacrifice in the Armed Forces.
At Rally4Vets, we ignite a powerful sense of community through thrilling events and specialized service dog training – empowering veterans on their journey toward healing and improved quality of life.
Operating within the encompassing Disabled Veteran Empowerment Network (DVEN), we are driven by a vital mission: to offer crucial mental health resources to those enduring invisible wounds from their selfless service in the Armed Forces.
Every day, between 18 and 20 veterans and service personnel tragically take their own lives—a rate significantly higher than the general population. The weight of depression and stress often leads to PTSD, a significant contributor to this alarming statistic.
Our programs act as a bridge, inviting the motorsports enthusiast community to rally behind veterans, while actively participating in the collective effort to diminish the toll of veteran suicides.
Our events aim to raise awareness of veteran challenges and generate essential funds to bolster crucial veteran programs – such as providing service dogs to veterans in need.
Our range of programs includes track cross—autocross activities held on racetracks—road rallies, cross-country awareness missions, and car meetups. Mark your calendars for our annual Top Dog Championship on October 12, 2024, engage with us on social media @Rally4Vets, and join our Cars and Camo meetups. Stay tuned, because we're gearing up for even more exhilarating adventures in 2024!
WAYS WE HELP
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 October 12, 2024, so mark your calendars. Registration opens on 4/15/2024.
The Department of Defense conducts inter-service sports competitions 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 Rally4Vets Top Dog Trophy.
Defeating 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.
You Can Make a Difference!