Motorsports Legends Richard and Kyle Petty Make ‘Pit Stop’ to Meet Paralyzed Veterans at Richmond VA Hospital

Published: April 30, 2008  |  Source: pva.org
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19357Richard and Kyle Petty, in advance of the Crown Royal Presents Dan Lowry 400, May 3 at the Richmond (VA) International Raceway, will drop by to meet paralyzed veterans at Richmond’s Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center on May 1, 2008. The legendary duo will visit with seriously wounded troops and meet leaders and members of Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) Virginia Mid-Atlantic Chapter.

The Pettys are longtime supporters of Paralyzed Veterans’ work to ensure that those who have served and sacrificed have everything they need to thrive.

“From helping our vets get the benefits they deserve to promoting buildings that are wheelchair accessible, Paralyzed Veterans sets a great example of how we should treat our servicemen and -women,” Petty said. “People say that racecar drivers are heroes, but these guys are the real heroes.”

Petty Enterprises recently donated the primary sponsorship of their No. 45 Dodge at the Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway and the Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway to Paralyzed Veterans.

“Richard and Kyle Petty deeply care about America’s paralyzed veterans. This visit will help lift the spirits of so many wounded veterans—and highlight some of the work Paralyzed Veterans and our chapters do to make sure our veterans and their families have all that they need to rebuild their lives after serious injuries,” said Paralyzed Veterans’ National President Randy L. Pleva, Sr.

Petty Enterprises announced in November 2007 that Paralyzed Veterans will serve as a primary sponsor on the No. 45 Dodge Avenger for two races during the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. The events will be the Crown Royal Presents Dan Lowry 400, May 3 at the Richmond International Raceway and the Pocono 500, June 8 at the Pocono (PA) Raceway. The organization will be an associate sponsor on the No. 45 Dodge for the remaining 34 races of the season.

Richard and Kyle see Paralyzed Veterans as a great way to give back to those who do so much for our way of life.

“We need to take care of those who sacrifice so much for us. Paralyzed Veterans is a leading advocate for the improvement in the quality of health care for our veterans. Everyone knows that I care deeply about charitable work, so this is a natural partnership,” said Kyle Petty, driver of the No. 45 PVA Dodge.

About Paralyzed Veterans of America

Founded in 1946, Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) is the only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated solely for the benefit and representation of individuals with spinal cord injury or disease. For 62 years, Paralyzed Veterans and our 34 local chapters have been working to create an America where all veterans, people with disabilities, and their families have everything they need to thrive. We represent more than 19,000 veterans in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.