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 DEWALT Supports WWP Vets Veterans via NASCAR Race

NASCAR gets the blood pumping for Robert Gers, a U.S. Army veteran served by Wounded Warrior Project (WWP). The sights, sounds and smells are part and parcel of a sport and pastime that gives Gers and his wife, Crystal, something over which to bond.
Recently, they experienced the rumble of the engines and cheers of the crowd in person. DEWALT, a national brand of New Britain, CT-based Stanley Black & Decker, hosted an event in partnership with Jacksonville, FL-based WWP, allowing the couple to attend the All-Star Race and meet the DEWALT Racing team, including driver Matt Kenseth.
“We got to see the behind-the-scenes of NASCAR,” shares Gers. “We got a full tour of the pit area and the hauler that takes the car from track to track. We got to spend time with the pit crews, learn about the work they do, and watch the race from the number 20 pit box. It was amazing."
“Being welcomed and included by the DEWALT Racing team and their sponsors made us feel like there’s more support out there for our family and other veterans,” Crystal Gers adds.
“We also received a standing ovation during the drivers’ meeting. It was such an amazing thank you to my warrior husband and the other veterans with us. Knowing that their sacrifices are appreciated was a very humbling experience.”
WWP events like these, supported by partners like DEWALT, give warriors the chance to connect with other warriors, their family members and their communities. Getting engaged in fun activities in comfortable environments can improve the well-being of warriors and their ability to enjoy camaraderie with other wounded veterans.
“The biggest thing Wounded Warrior Project has done to help me is connecting me and my wife with other veteran couples,” notes Gers. “It’s given me incredible opportunities.”
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