Greetings!
September - Suicide Awareness Month
In 2019, Operation Motorsport began to focus on and educate supporters on the importance of the number "22" within the military community. On average, 22 service members and/or veterans from North America die from suicide each day.


Join Operation Motorsport for "A 30-day journey through suicide prevention month". Follow us each day this month on our social media channels as we journey from a veteran's perspective towards suicide, why we lose 22 a day and how we can prevent it so that we can break the stigma.
Suicide is preventable and effects all aspects of our society regardless of economic or demographic background. Amongst our military and veteran population, the impact of suicide and suicidal thoughts and behaviors is even greater.

It impacts military readiness, morale, family cohesiveness, and our ability to defend our way of life. The number of suicides is disproportionately higher within our veteran population than the civilian population with the highest percentage amongst the 18-39 age bracket. Based on 2017 data, the average number of suicides per 100,000 persons within the US population was 17 while the average per 100,000 veterans was 31.

There is no one defining reason for suicide. It is often viewed as the only way to relieve the stress, pain, and suffering from PTSD or other mental health and physical struggles.

For 2020, Operation Motorsport will continue to engage those affected by military service by focusing on mental health. According to the Veterans Affairs (VA) administration, veterans are approximately twice as likely to die by suicide than civilians. The importance of developing effective suicide prevention strategies is paramount to lowering the number of veteran related suicides.

At the core of every Operation Motorsport event is the goal of creating the right environment, around like-minded teammates, and allow the beneficiary the opportunity to create their own conditions.

We all can help reduce the number 22 and together save lives one at a time.


iRacing race results @
Congratulations to Chris Walsh for the overall win, Adam Poppenhaus for the Beneficiary Class win, and Dustin Burkhalter for the Open Class win.

Thank you to RECARO for providing the opportunities for beneficaries to participate without any cost to them. Thank you to Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta for the event support and providing great swag class prizes. Thank you to the USO of NC for supporting and to Pit Stop TV for the great broadcast coverage.

And thank you to all of our supporters....... we can't do this without you!



Race replay
NEXT UP
September 15th @ 8:15 pm EDT.
 
We are excited to be going to Circuit of The Americas next ahead of the SRO Motorsports America event the following weekend where we will have beneficiaries embedded with Crowstrike Racing.

If you are interested in participating, please contact;
Jason Leach at Jason.Leach@OperationMotorsport.org.
Join us Friday September 11th at 6:00 pm EDT. to remember and talk about where you were on 911, and to share your personal stories so that we will never forget. To join us for this somber remembrance contact us by email info@operationmotorsport.org to get the ZOOM link.

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