Veteran Motocross Foundation
That Others May Ride
Veterans MX is an entirely new kind of program for veterans:
A joint lifestyle enrichment and recovery solution, VetMX empowers veterans struggling with the physical and mental scars of service by providing an unexpected opportunity to succeed in new ways. While tapping into the thrill seeking personality that makes our service men and women so brave in combat, VetMX instructors leverage the process of teaching a new skill to arm vets with the physical and mental discipline and prowess required to effectively heal, recover, and re-assimilate.
The VetMX Program
- Healthier lifestyle habits
- Therapeutic techniques for pain management mental recovery
- The renewed sense of personal value that comes with clear, measurable physical and mental accomplishments
Additionally, graduates will leave the program with the skills required to enter beginner and veteran class competitive motocross events, to continue riding as a form of personal therapy, and given the opportunity to volunteer as a future program sponsor, coach or champion.
Riders competing in the Warrior Class races at Lake Sugartree Motocross Park
On the surface we support skills development for veteran motocross riders of all skill levels. On a deeper level, we provide a therapeutic environment that creates opportunities for mental, physical, and personal development where traditional veteran services may fall short.
Why It Works Physically
Motocross riding is very physical, relying heavily on the body’s core for balance and stability. It is rigorous therapy for muscle groups, while building neural coordination in nontraditional fun atmosphere. Unlike most physical activities motocross riding can be taken up by many amputees that cannot participate in traditional sports. Motocross involves seven points of contact with the bike and a result vets with amputations or other disabilities can overcome the their injuries and control the bike.
Why It Works Mentally
We provide the opportunity for veterans to experience motocross by providing coaching, riding equipment, and use of motocross facilities. Once on the bike, the fast-paced action and concentration provides a very individualized “in the moment” experience. Being “in the zone” can allow riders to achieve a break from unhealthy mental states. We create space for group discussion and social interaction. It is important to give veterans opportunities to connect, talk, and share experiences. These factors provide a sense of belonging, and improve confidence. Additionally, we provide professional counseling services and offer them in a way that increases the probability of veterans actually using these services compared to a traditional counseling environment.
Groups of Veteran MX members are represented geographically. On the battlefield, the military pledges to leave no one behind. As a community, it is our goal to continue on with that pledge and leave no one behind.
Get Involved with VetMX
VetMX is a grass-roots organization created to help veterans find a new way to recover from the mental and physical scars of combat. We are seeking those who are looking for a support as well as sponsors that can help VetMX become a reality.