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NASCAR And Armed Forces Foundation Celebrate Fifth Anniversary Of Troops
Posted by: newsla on Jun 22, 2014 - 06:50 PM
NASCAR And Armed Forces Foundation Celebrate Fifth Anniversary Of Troops To The Track Program

Five years ago, NASCAR and the Armed Forces Foundation partnered to find a way to give back to service members who fight for and protect the freedoms all Americans enjoy. Together, they created NASCAR Troops to the Track, a year-round recreational group therapy program that honors service men and women, veterans and military families at races throughout the country.


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Today, the program celebrates its fifth anniversary by adding the support of Bank of America as the presenting sponsor. NASCAR Troops to the Track Presented by Bank of America in partnership with the Armed Forces Foundation has become one of the sport’s signature initiatives. Thousands of troops from local military installations across the country have been treated to customized VIP experiences which include garage tours, driver meet-and-greets and recognition during the drivers’ meeting, among many other special-access activities.

As part of NASCAR: An American Salute, a platform that rallies teams, tracks, fans and partners to collectively honor active and retired service men, women and families, NASCAR recognized five years of the NASCAR Troops to the Track program during a ceremony at Sonoma Raceway.

"NASCAR has a long tradition of supporting our nation’s military and we are honored by the presence of the men and women who serve our country and their families at our races," said Brent Dewar, NASCAR chief operating officer. "Through the collective support of the Armed Forces Foundation and Bank of America, we are proud to say that the initiative will expand to 27 races this season, the most since the program began five years ago."

Bank of America, the Official Bank of NASCAR, is entering its first year as the program’s presenting sponsor. The bank’s participation is an extension of its commitment to service members and veterans through a focus on housing, education, wellness, and employment. Bank of America is the proud employer of nearly 7,000 veterans, Guard and Reservists, with plans to hire 10,000 more over the next few years. The bank is also supporting service members and veterans through its "Express Your Thanks" campaign. Open to all, Express Your Thanks invites the public to share their appreciation of the nation’s men and women in uniform at www.bankokfamerica.com/troopthanks or by using the hashtag #troopthanks on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram through Veterans Day.

"Raising awareness of the unique challenges that returning service members face as they integrate back into the workforce is a core mission of ours," said Jeff Cathey, senior military affairs executive at Bank of America. "We’re excited to partner with NASCAR and the Armed Forces Foundation to honor veterans and service members in a meaningful and fun way that provides a unique experience at races across the country."

Each season, NASCAR activates this special program at more than 20 races around the United States and allows for wounded service members, active duty troops, warriors in transition, veterans and military families throughout the country to enjoy a special day of activities at the race track.

"Troops to the Track presented by Bank of America showcases NASCAR’s commitment to our nation’s military and we are proud of our joint effort the past five years to serve the military," said Patricia Driscoll, President of the Armed Forces Foundation. "Here at the Armed Forces Foundation, we constantly strive to ‘serve those who serve,’ and with the support from NASCAR and Bank of America, we will be able to provide more opportunities for service members and their families around the country to get away from the stresses of injuries and deployments while enjoying the patriotism of the NASCAR community."

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