It’s been a July of Action

We have had a very busy and productive summer so far.  In July, Horsepower Therapy hosted three deserving veterans to events around the country.  We still have a couple months left to summer to see what we can get done.

Actions, not just words.

We kicked off July with the HPT crew heading up to Battle Creek Michigan for the Battle Creek Speedfest and Air Show. What an amazing event! There we had the privilege to host John Santa Ana, who is an U.S. Army veteran. John sped down the track in his super-fast Mercedes AMG rockin the HPT logo.

 

We followed that trip with a short drive up the road to Bowling Green Kentucky for Camaro Fest 7. This is an event I have been to many times as a participant, and always an amazing event with outstanding rides. This year, with the help of the organizers of Camaro Fest, we were able to setup a booth and sponsor another deserving veteran to the event. Jessica Stith, a U.S. Navy veteran and her husband joined us for a day of fun and fellowship. With the help of Magnuson Superchargers and JP Superior Solutions we were able to show Jessica what Horsepower Therapy was all about with a few hot laps around the autocross track. Her huge smile says it all!

A quick turn brought us back the very next weekend, at the invitation of Magnuson Superchargers, to Car Craft Summer Nationals in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Thanks to their invite we were able to invite Ian Penix, another U.S. Army veteran, out for our brand of therapy.  Magnuson treated him to more than a few hot laps around the track. He was hooked!! He left knowing it was going to be an expensive weekend, he was sold on the need for a project car to get in his own Horsepower Therapy.

We left each event with more folks representing with an HPT logo/sticker on their helmets and cars. All of this would not be possible without the generous and humbling donations we have received to date. Thanks you!

What’s still on tap for us?? This weekend we are heading over to the Atlanta Georgia area for LS Expo, at Summit Racing sponsored by our friends at Vengeance Racing. They have invited us over to setup, and help spread the word about our mission and what we are doing for veterans. Also, as some may have seen on the website, we have started a new Last Friday of the Month “Cruise in” in Huntsville Alabama to give the local veterans and non-veterans a location to come and hang out, and tell stories (lies)

Make sure you stay up to date on our activities by following our Facebook page: @horsepowertherapy

Exciting Spring

It has been an exciting spring.  Converting from a for profit company to a non profit organization has been a chore, but was completed last month.  The IRS granted our non profit status with an effective date of January 23, 2017.  We had our first big car event as a non profit, to help raise funds back in April.  Cars, Concerts, and Craft Beer was an amazing success, with lots of folks coming out to enjoy the day and the music and beer.

We have a lot on the schedule the next 30 days.  So stay tuned and make sure you stay up to date with all the happenings on our Facebook page.

#veteranlivesmatter

#hptherapy

New Year -and a new direction for HPT

Happy New Year from Horsepower Therapy!!

The New Year brings a new direction for Horsepower Therapy. I hope you read this message, all the way to the end. This may be a little long, but I had to get this out there…

As many of you know, occasionally people ask me what’s with the name – what is Horsepower Therapy? Those of you that know me understand Horsepower Therapy is more than just a catchy name, it truly has been and continues to provide me with an important release, and it really is a type of therapy for me. As a career Special Operations Aviator, Horsepower Therapy refers to the benefit that my hobby motorcycles and cars have brought me over the years as I’ve watched, designed, tinkered, wrenched, raced, motored with friends or just driven off by myself to hear the sound of the road.

Horsepower Therapy also includes the comfort of sinking into a challenging car project, watching the road unfold ahead, or spending countless hours standing and sitting around with buddies talking through the smallest details of what we have done and dream of doing with horsepower.

I’ve found Horsepower Therapy in the sound of the engine, the vibration of a wide-open throttle, the rush of speed, or even just seeing the lines of a beautiful design. Horsepower Therapy simply feels good, and I’ve come to realize that I want to help my fellow soldiers and veterans by making Horsepower Therapy available to them.

I started thinking about how I could do this in 2016, as I read and heard about various efforts aimed at helping veterans, and as I started following studies about veteran suicide. I was particularly taken by the 2014 Department of Veterans Affairs’ study on veteran suicide that found that an average of 20 veterans a day take their own lives. In 2014, veterans only comprised 8.5% of the US population, yet accounted for 18% of all adult deaths from suicide. These statistics speak volumes about what must change.
As we begin a new year, it just feels like the right time to change the direction of Horsepower Therapy to try and make a difference for US veterans. I truly feel that Horsepower Therapy can help my fellow veterans through activities that revolve around horsepower and all the comfort, enjoyment, and healing it can bring.

 

I would appreciate any help you can send my way.
Thanks to everyone!