NASCAR drivers all have their moments of frustration and anger over the course of a racing season. However, those frustrations pale in comparison after a visit with military veterans at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
Driver Kurt Busch was among the group of drivers that recently visited Walter Reed meeting wounded soldiers, signing autographs, taking pictures and swapping stories. For Busch, it was an amazing opportunity to “give back” to those that “have sacrificed so much and have lost quite a bit” and to help “put a smile on their face for an afternoon.”
Several race cars were also on display for the soldiers, their families and others on the base, including Ryan Newman’s U.S. Army-sponsored #39. “Representing over a million soldiers who fight for our freedom is special to me,” Newman said. “What they do and what they have always done and what they will continue to do to give us this free country is special. To be here and representing the U.S. Army has extra meaning in itself.” The chance to get a closer look at the cars and meet those who drive them was a treat for many of NASCAR’s military fans.
Jack Roush, who was recently injured in a late-July crash of his experimental aircraft, has visited Walter Reed multiple times over the years and had no problem finding the proper context for those he was visiting. “I was enjoying and exercising the freedoms that the guys here have bought and paid for with their injuries,” said Roush. “I wouldn’t compare my injuries with the injuries that they have.”