Evil Hours Racing is committed to ending the stigmas associated with post traumatic stress, specifically that we are broken and damaged goods, for life. There is a path forward and we're fast on the gas trying to tell everyone we can.
*While post-traumatic stress is medically considered a disorder; we're working to drop the D — PTS is a physiological change that occurs to the brain after enduring a traumatic event. We're out to show that it can be overcome.
HELP WE OFFER
Everyone should have access to the help they need.
We seek to help combat veterans by pairing them with licensed therapists who specialize in the treatment of post-traumatic stress, and we'll cover the financial burdens of that treatment.
Racing saved us, and we want to share that joy with you too.
We select combat veterans of OEF/OIF who want an opportunity to escape and mend, and we make it possible for them to attend established and creditable race training schools.
We use the proceeds from our merchandise sales and your generous donations to help further fund pursuits of happiness and support victims of PTSD wherever possible.
It takes a village, after all.
If you would like more information on any of the above services, please contact us.
why it matters
According to the National Institutes of Health, Department of Veteran Affairs, and Sidran Institute, the societal and economic burden of PTSD is extremely heavy. Important facts, numbers, and statistics include:
People with PTSD have among the highest rates of healthcare service use. People with PTSD present with a range of symptoms, the cause of which may be overlooked or misdiagnosed as having resulted from past trauma.
PTSD is recognized as a psychobiological mental disorder than can affect survivors not only of combat experience, but also terrorist attacks, natural disasters, serious accidents, assault or abuse, or even sudden and major emotional losses.
PTSD is associated with changes in brain function and structure and these changes provide clues to the origins, treatment, and prevention of PTSD. Some cases may be delayed, with only subtle symptoms showing up initially and more severe symptoms emerging months after the traumatic event.
PTSD affects about 7.7 million American adults in a given year, though the disorder can develop at any age including childhood. Symptoms include strong and unwanted memories of the event, bad dreams, emotional numbness, intense guilt or worry, angry outbursts, feeling “on edge,” and avoiding thoughts and situations that are reminders of the trauma.
Soldiers with symptoms of PTSD often faced rejection by their military peers and were feared by society in general.
Those with PTSD symptoms were often labeled as “weak” and removed from combat zones, or sometimes discharged from military service.
In addition to providing healthcare to about 5 million veterans each year, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) also funds research that focuses on the specific health conditions that veterans may experience.
Almost 50% of all outpatient mental health patients have PTSD.
According to VA, experts estimate that up to 20% of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans, up to 10% of Gulf War veterans, and up to 30% of Vietnam War veterans have experienced PTSD.
In the past year alone the number of diagnosed cases in the military jumped 50% and that’s only the reported and diagnosed cases.
17% of combat troops are women; 71% of female military personnel develop PTSD due to sexual assault within the ranks.
where to get help
There's no shame in reaching out. If you don't know where to start, send us a message. We're good listeners who want to know your story, and we can help point you in the right direction.