Cruising to Combat PTSD's mission is to advocate for our brothers and sisters suffering from PTSD (veterans, 1st responders, and others) to get the support, help and care they deserve. The President and founder of Cruising to Combat PTSD, George Rechtin, is a small business owner in Burlington, KY with strong roots and ties to the military and first responders. Many of his family members have served, including his grandfathers, uncles, cousins and his brother, Bill Rechtin. George lost his brother in 2014 and has been looking to find a way to carry on Bill's legacy and help veterans like him.
"One thing that always stuck out to me was how my brother went out of his way to visit those who served when they came back, just to say hi and make sure they were alright"
George said when describing his motivation. That led to organizing a motorcycle benefit ride to bring people together and help those that have served.
Beginning in 2019, our inaugural event was the "Cruising to Combat PTSD" motorcycle benefit ride. This ride helped to raise funds and awareness for those affected by PTSD. We were able to raise and donate over $5,000 to 22 Until Valhalla, a local 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that helps veterans suffering with PTSD. In 2020 we were able to increase our donation to $11,000. The intent has always been to expand this into other events to raise awareness and funds to help those impacted by PTSD.
Since the event’s inception, we have raised over $26,000 that has been given directly to 22 Until Valhalla to help fund some of their programs such as float tank therapy sessions, outdoor expeditions, Jiu Jitsu, physiological healing, yoga, and college scholarships.
In 2021 we were able to expand and include The Chip Terry Fund for First Responders which provides educational, financial, and emotional support and counseling to police, fire and other emergency personnel and their families, particularly those affected by PTSD and other occupational related stress disorders.
All funds raised in 2022 were given to The Chip Terry Fund for First Responders totaling $12,000. With your help, we are one step closer to reaching our goal of $50,000!
Crusing To Combat PTSD was nominated in November 2022 as the non-profit awarded by Tactical Gear Junkie for #patcheswithamission.
At Tactical Gear Junkie, they have worked hard to build their business and now want to give back to the communities and people that they serve. Their team has carefully curated smaller Non-Profits to support. They design the patches and forward the proceeds.
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