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VETMotorsports visits Dover AFB, Del.
The Dover chapter of the Green Knights motorcycle club hosted VETMotorsports for a program overview discussion and are shown posing with a Suzuki GSXR 600 racing motorcycle and leather vest with the club's patch on Sept. 12, 2014, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. VETMotorsports embeds wounded warriors with motorsport racing teams across the country. From left to right are: Master Sgt. Nat Hudson, 166th Maintenance Operations Flight, Delaware Air National Guard, Peter Cline, Executive Director/Founder of VETMotorsports, David Fisher, U.S. Navy combat injured veteran, Yaunce Long, Marine Corps combat injured veteran, Brian Mullins, American Motorcycle Association Supersport racer and owner of Mullins Cycle Service and Tech. Sgt. Hank Brower, 436th Maintenance Group. (U.S. Air Force photo/Greg L. Davis)
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VETMotorsports visits Team Dover

Posted 9/19/2014   Updated 9/19/2014 Email story   Print story

    


by Greg L. Davis
436th Airlift Wing Public Affairs


9/19/2014 - DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. -- The bowling alley at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware is generally a place where you go to knock things down. Last week the regular activities of the bowling alley were in full-swing with balls rolling and pins clashing together. Meanwhile, in a back room the opposite was happening. VETMotorsports, a non-profit organization dedicated to placing wounded, veterans with motorsport teams, visited Dover to talk about their program.

The meeting took place at 11:30 a.m. in the Kingpin Café and was hosted by the Dover chapter of the Green Knights Military motorcycle club. VETMotorsports presented a panel of four personnel to the small gathering giving insight in to what the group does and how they do it.

Peter Cline, VETMotorsports, executive director and founder, said his organizations goals are to place wounded warriors interested in experiences or careers in motorsports with racing teams to give them experience at a high level and provide the teams with an opportunity to have a veteran on their team to help with any task.
These tasks can be mechanical or even managerial and give the veteran a chance to shine as part of a team with a set goal.

"Veterans adapt just like they do in their service. Teams are hesitant, but they quickly find out the veteran can do everything they are asked to do and then some. The skill set, the organization," Cline said. 

In addition to Cline, there were two wounded warrior participants, David Fisher, a U.S. Navy combat injured veteran, and Yaunce Long, a U.S. Marine Corps combat injured veteran and Brian Mulling, owner of Mullins Cycle Service and competition motorcycle rider and team owner.

Navy veteran David Fisher told the gathering how important it is for veterans to be able to move on in life.

"There's not this need to sit there and dwell on stuff, the past, and that's what I really, really like about it," said Fisher.

The success of this concept is largely driven by the countless hours and dedication given by Cline, the Board of Directors and other volunteers. Cline also stressed how VETMotorsports is not tied directly to one single program such as the Wounded Warrior Project or others as this could possibly limit some of the opportunities for the veterans which often come to them through smaller organizations.

"You can't say no to opportunity," said Cline. You never know what's going to happen."

Fisher said the meeting was a great reminder of how he can be an integral member of any team.

"It's more of rediscovering your value. I'm more qualified than to be just a baggage handler at the airport. Being able to get a chance to work with a team, any team, and use that managerial experience."



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