Operation Vet NOW Honors Fallen Defenders in 2023-2024 Snocross Season

Operation Vet NOW (OVN) is an organization with a program that seeks out fallen veteran heroes to honor in a way similar to NASCAR. They partner with pro athletes and sports teams and series to honor service members killed in the line of duty. In past seasons they have honor EOD, PJ's, CCTs and more. They reach out to the representative associations and foundations of the career field groups.

Here are a couple links to highlight reels from previous seasons they shared:

Air Force Pararescue https://youtu.be/f4LunABWEE4?si=YGmLFGnAown1SYRq

Air Force EOD warriors. https://youtu.be/Tc-scQ-9dvM?si=LprZBU4wswKl-Sxz

The team has names on snowmobiles of the heroes they honor. Here is the link to the initial page, https://opvetnow.org/af-security-forces

OVN contacted AFSFA as the association for USAF Defenders and expressed an interest to honor eight Security Forces members KIA during the Scheuring Speed Sports Snocross Team season from Dec 2023 - Apr 2024. In the series Pro Racers will carry the name of a fallen SF member on their snowmobiles, and we share the names and stories with our community and race attendees.

The first event was in Ironwood Michigan 15-16 December. The team has names on snowmobiles of the heroes they honor. Here is the link to the initial page, https://opvetnow.org/af-security-forces They honored A2C Roy Hursey that weekend in Michigan, basically the page content increases as the season goes on.

SSgt Terance Jensen was honored in Shakopee, MN 12-13 January 2024; Sgt Ira Lord was honored 26-27 January 2024 in Deadwood, SD; Sgt Robert Gray was honored in Salamanca, NY 16-17 February 2024; TSgt Thomas Campbell was honored in Souix Falls, SD 1-2 March 2024; Capt Reginald Maisey Jr. was honored in Lake Geneva, WI 15-16 March 2024 and TSgt Robert Butler was honored in Elk River, MN 22-23 March 2024. A1C Elizabeth N. Jacobson will be honored in Duluth, MN 5-7 April 2024.

Graphics are posted 5-days before each event on their social media page and website where they will have a web page dedicated to our heroes, with photos and stories.  The heroes' names and photos will also be shown on the jumbotron and televisions at the event, and on live streams of the races.

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/operationvetnow

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/operationvetnow




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