Some heroes walk amongst us every day, but you never see them. They do not stand out in a crowd. They are not Hollywood stars or professional athletes. These are ordinary citizens who choose to stand up, be different, and live a life of distinction through service to their Nation and to their communities in which they live. Some of these heroes signed on the dotted line to become members of our elite military force. They roam the skies, sail the high seas, and ride into battle on iron and steel chariots, deterring aggression around the globe and protecting us against our enemies.
While other heroes have answered the call by serving their communities at home, radio broadcasts are their call to arms, and sirens screaming in the distance are their battle cry. Letting those who are suffering, scared, alone, or hurt know that help is coming. They are there to comfort you when a loved one passes away. They pull your family members from a burning car. They save your husband from a heart attack. They extinguish the blaze attempting to take your home, and are ever vigilant sentinels, patrolling your city while you sleep. These Knights are always here for us, but who is there for them, when they are the ones in need?
Just like Odysseus and Achilles, we too have weaknesses. These brave men and women are mortals’ just like those they have sworn to protect. Many times, they can feel lonely or depressed. They are placing themselves on a pedestal of pride, unable to ask for help, and too fearful to look for it. This fear of seeking help causes some to drive hours to see a therapist outside their state, pay in cash, and use a fake name to avoid a paper trail. The fear causes many to hide the very thing that makes us human. This loneliness is a contributing factor to severe depression, homelessness, and suicide. It is Battle Scarred Motorsports’ mission to provide an avenue for these heroes to talk to a family they once trusted with all their hearts. We have all suffered through similar struggles throughout our lives. Our military and first responder communities share a unique bond of brother and sisterhood. A bond that we continue on the racetrack. We share our stories, our memories, our strife. All while crossing that checkered flag.