It’s SEMA 2017 Time!

It’s going to be an amazing week in Las Vegas, SEMA 2017. The HPT crew and our partners at Veterans Sportsman Alliance / VSA have teamed up with Magnuson Superchargers to make 2017 SEMA Ignited – The Official SEMA Show After Party a special event for a deserving veteran. We hope to make this an amazing evening for SGT (Ret.) Brian Jergens, US Army.

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Army Sergeant Brian Jergens was on his first deployment when he lost both of his legs below the knee and sustained a severe traumatic brain injury, hearing loss, internal organ damage, a broken neck, and damage to his right elbow in an IED blast in Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan on August 7, 2011.

An Army Medic, SGT Jergens was the driver of the fourth HMMWV in a convoy that day, and was thrown from the vehicle. Life-saving measures performed by his teammates prepared him for medevac to Tarin Kowt Hospital and then the Kandahar Airfield Hospital. Next transported to Bagram Air Force Base, Brian would also be treated in Landstuhl, Germany before coming stateside. Arriving at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX on Aug.14, 2012, Brian remained there until September 19, 2012.

Brian and his wife, Jennifer enjoy attending sporting events and concerts, and walking their dogs. They now have two sons, Jackson and Camden.

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HP Therapy fans can purchase tickets for SEMA Ignited at 25% off using CODE HPT. Come on out to SEMA Ignited on Friday, November 3rd and support, and help us make this an amazing day for Brian.

One team, One fight, One mission! Support our veterans!

#notherapylikehorsepowertherapy #RefuseToBeBroken #hptherapy #magnusonsuperchargers #sema2017

 

We have a new partner – Coors Light!

I’m a Colorado boy who grew up down the road from the Coors brewery in Golden, CO, so Coors has always held a special place in my heart.  It’s a pleasure and an honor to announce that they have agreed to partner with HPT to help veterans.  Coors has a long history of supporting veterans and their families, and they were really excited to a part of some of the great things HPT is doing for veterans.  As our newest partner, Coors Light and the HPT crew will be working together to bring deserving veterans and their families out for a little Horsepower Therapy.  We look forward to an amazing partnership as we work together to support, empower, and enrich the lives of America’s veterans and family members to heal from their wounds; both visible and hidden.  Always, always, always… drink responsibly

#veteranlivesmatter #hptherapy #coorslight

Super Shiny!

We want to give a shout out to our newest partner and supporter of all we are doing here at Horsepower Therapy, Adams Polishes​.  Adams has amazing premium car care products that I personally use on the HPT lineup of vehicles, and have for years.  We truly appreciate their dedication and support of our deserving veterans. We look forward to working with them to further our mission.  Thank you!!!

#veteranlivesmatter #hptherapy #notherapylikehorsepowertherpy #adamspolishes  #detailersofinstagram

 

Race Day in Idaho!!

On Sept 30th we had the honor of supporting Jesse Iwuji Racing and their mission to bring veterans and their family members out to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series Idaho 208 race at Meridian Speedway. We were happy to be a small part of what they are doing for our veterans by donating 4 race tickets.  Also, honored to have the HPT logo rollin on the track. One team, one fight, one mission!  #veteranlivesmatter #perfecthydration #hptherapy

 

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!