This year’s fourth annual Tribute to Veterans program was a success, as Brad honored 135 heroes on a very special paint scheme at the Road America race on July 3rd. The No. 6 Kohler Generators Ford Mustang paint scheme featured the names of active-duty military members, veterans, military family members, and caregivers.
Attendees at the race had the opportunity to view the car’s patriotic paint scheme up-close and take pictures with the show car (and Brad!) at the Kohler Generators tent from Thursday-Sunday of race week. We were even lucky enough to have met some of the heroes at the Kohler tent!
The mission of Brad Keselowski’s Checkered Flag Foundation is to honor and assist those who serve. Proceeds from our Tribute to Veterans program, which were earned through the purchasing of name spaces on the No. 6 car, go towards continuing our mission. We are so honored to have paid tribute to our nation’s heroes in such a big way.
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Brad Keselowski’s Checkered Flag Foundation Partners with RFK Racing and Kohler Generators to Honor Military Heroes
Brad Keselowski’s Checkered Flag Foundation announced the return of Tribute to Veterans program, this year powered by Kohler Generators. For its fourth consecutive year, and first with RFK Racing and Kohler Generators, the program will honor America’s heroes with a special scheme on the No. 6 Kohler Generators Ford Mustang piloted by NASCAR champion Brad Keselowski. Starting May 1, 2022, friends and family can submit a hero’s name to be featured on the No. 6 Kohler Generators Ford Mustang that Keselowski will drive during the NASCAR Cup Series race at Road America, in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, on July 3, 2022.
The Tribute to Veterans program gives friends and family the opportunity to honor and recognize their heroes, including veterans, active military, military family members and their caregivers—acknowledging the ongoing commitment to the well-being of veterans and those who play a role in veterans’ lives daily.
“I’m looking forward to Tribute to Veterans returning this year with a whole new look on my Kohler Generators Ford Mustang,” said Keselowski. “I'm thankful to have RFK Racing and Kohler Generators stand behind and support this program with the Checkered Flag Foundation. Every year I’m honored to represent our nation’s heroes, family members and caregivers. Featuring these names on my car this year at Road America is a small way for me to give back to the veteran community, while also raising funds that will allow the foundation to continue its mission.”
The cost is $100 per submission to be part of the campaign, with proceeds benefiting the Checkered Flag Foundation in its mission to honor and assist those who have sacrificed greatly for our country and our communities. Each submission will receive a personalized certificate and a commemorative gift following the July 2022 Road America race weekend.
Those wishing to submit a veteran, service member, or military family name can do so via www.CheckeredFlagFoundation.org. Submissions will be accepted through June 12, 2022.
Participating individuals in the program can show their involvement and support by using #TributeToVeterans and #WeveGotYour6 on social media. For additional information on the Checkered Flag Foundation and ongoing updates on the Tribute to Veterans program, you can also visit CheckeredFlagFoundation.org or follow the Foundation on Twitter (@BKCFF), Instagram (@CheckeredFlagFoundation) and Facebook (@CheckeredFlagFoundation).
To better meet the needs of a fast-growing community, Novant Health, Martin Truex Jr. and Sherry Pollex today broke ground on a 5,000-square-foot children’s emergency services center within Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center. This $2.4 million investment will bring specialized emergency care to thousands of children and teens in the Lake Norman and Huntersville area who currently have limited access to, and choice of, nearby services.
Checkered Flag Foundation Awards Fourth Service Canine in Hero’s Homecoming Ceremony at Michigan International Speedway
On Sunday, August 22, the Checkered Flag Foundation celebrated the graduation of their fourth service canine through their CFF Service Dog fund. This time though, the Hero’s Homecoming took place at a unique location – a NASCAR race track.
CFF Founder Brad Keselowski, along with owner and lead trainer of Black Paw Canine Ben Brockway, awarded service canine Krew to his new owner and handler, Marine Corps Veteran and Michigan National Guard Chaplain Nate Cropsey, during a Hero’s Homecoming ceremony at Michigan International Speedway in advance of the Firekeeper’s Casino 400 green flag. The special ceremony took place on the pre-race stage and marked the beginning of Krew and Nate’s companionship. Together the two will support the Michigan military community and supporting active military servicemembers and veterans with engaging positive mental health.
Learn more about the heroes and how they will make an impact below:
Marine Corps Veteran and Michigan Army National Guard Chaplain Nate Cropsey:
DeWitt Michigan native Nate Cropsey served in the United States Marine Corps from 2005 to 2010 as an F-18 aircraft mechanic and rifle and pistol coach where he competed a Sea Service Deployment. After attending Cornerstone University and Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, Cropsey joind the Michigan National Guard in 2014 where he currently serves as the Chaplain of the 246 Transportation Battalion. In addition to serving as Chaplain, Cropsey serves his veteran community as the Directory of Support Programs at Zero Day, an organization that empowers veterans through intentional employment, purposeful training, housing and deliberate application of the discipline and core values inherent to military veterans.
Cropsey will be Krew’s new handler and will utilize Krew to positively impact his work with Zero Day and the National Guard’s victim advocacy programs. Therapy dogs like Krew are an essential asset to the field of mental health. Krew will act as a comfort and counteract the stressful feelings one might have when facing challenging moments brought about by therapy or traumatizing situations.
Certified Canine Therapy Dog Krew: Krew, an almost one-year-old male Aussiedoodle, has officially completed his training as a therapy dog and welcomed home by his new veteran handler Cropsey. Krew’s specialized training of basic obedience, reacting to anxiety and consoling those in emotional need has prepared him for the work he and Cropsey will do by serving the veteran community. Therapy dogs like Krew are an essential asset to the field of mental health. Krew will act as a comfort and counteract the stressful feelings one might have when facing challenging moments brought about by therapy or traumatizing situations. Krew and Cropsey will go on to do great things together.
Part of the Checkered Flag Foundation’s mission is to honor and assist those who sacrifice greatly for our country by supporting veterans during their journey back to civilian life. In support of this mission, one of CFF’s many initiatives is the Service Dog Fund, a grant program that sponsors the full cost of preparing and training canines for veteran service through the experienced training team at Black Paw Canine. To date, CFF has awarded four dogs during ‘Hero’s Homecoming’ ceremonies which essentially mark the dog’s graduation and their hand off to the deserving veteran selected.
Join the Checkered Flag Foundation and Black Paw Canine in supporting heroes by visiting CheckeredFlagDonation.org/Donate or CheckeredFlagFoundation.org/BlackPaw to donate directly to our Service Dog Fund. You can also make a purchase at our online store CheckeredFlagFoundation.org/Store.
For more information about Black Paw Canine and their mission and commitment to providing the best possible training for service canines, visit www.blackpawcanine.com.
In advance of the August 22 NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway, Michigan native and Checkered Flag Foundation Founder Brad Keselowski returned to his home state with wife, Paige, and their girls, Scarlett and Autumn, to visit the VA Fisher House Ann Arbor, a comfort home where military and veteran families can stay at no cost while loved ones are receiving treatment at the nearby VA Ann Arbor Medical Center.
The Checkered Flag Foundation is honored to receive the Second Quarter NMPA Pocono Spirit Award from the National Motorsports Press Association. It is always our mission to honor and serve heroes, and it humbles us for our service to be recognized by others. We sincerely appreciate the NMPA sharing this honor with us.