VW Group of America Car Show to Support Veterans in Need

We’ve just received word that this Sunday, April 27th Volkswagen of America will be hosting a car show for charity in conjunction with Operation VetsHaven at their Herndon Headquarters.  The event takes place from 9am-1pm with all proceeds going to Operation VetsHaven, which offers free therapy for veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury on an on-call basis.  If you are in the area, you should definitely check it out.

Read the full release below.

Volkswagen Group of America (VWGoA) is teaming up with a Virginia-based non-profit to help provide free therapy for veterans and families of active duty military personnel suffering from life threatening mental health disorders.

VWGoA and Operation VetsHaven will host a day full of fun and fast cars on Sunday, April 27th, 2014, during a car show on the grounds of Herndon Headquarters. The car show will last from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and all proceeds will benefit Operation VetsHaven, which provides free, prompt therapy (within 48 – 72 hours of being contacted) for veterans suffering from disorders such as Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

Admission is free to the car show. A charitable contribution is being asked from those who wish to show their cars, ranging from $5 for active military members, $20 for standard display and $150 for the showcase area. Pre-registration is encouraged by visiting this website.

“I know that many of us are true car enthusiasts, so when my neighbor, Chuck Clopton, asked me how Volkswagen could support Operation VetsHaven’s great cause, it was clear to me that many of us would be excited to be a part of this initiative,” said Thomas Meuser, General Manager, Fleet Sales & Used Car Operations, VWoA. “It’s not only supposed to generate funds for Operation VetsHaven, but it will also be great fun and display how engaged our company is when it comes to helping those in need.”

Clopton, Executive Director of Operations Vets Haven, said he is excited about the collaboration with VWGoA. He added: “Visitors to the Car Show need to be prepared to see some really, really awesome cars. Cars such as the Austin Healey, with the best exhaust notes I’ve ever heard, a 1965 Porsche, which is the last model year of the original series, Ferraris, Maserati’s and that’s just to name a few.”

Operation VetsHaven recognizes that veterans need to be treated as individuals and not as one of a stack of case folders. The need for individualized attention and advocacy is crucial in getting military members help through professional, pre-screened psychotherapists and caring staff who have been specifically selected to focus on that individual.

Operation VetsHaven is a Federally recognized non-profit 501(c)(3) charity established in 2011. Services of Operation VetsHaven are provided at no cost to those who have served and need assistance as a result of PTS or TBI. For more information on the work Operation VetsHaven does, please visit www.OperationVetsHaven.org.