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Hot Shot’s Secret Increases Support of Waypoint Vets

Hot Shot’s Secret is increasing its support of the Waypoint Vets organization in 2022 with a $50,000 fundraising match, the company announced.

Waypoint Vets is a charitable organization with the mission of uniting and empowering U.S. military veterans through outdoor activities and adventure.

Since the company was founded by veteran Sarah Lee in 2019, over 60 veterans have participated in fun, grueling and diverse events such as canyoneering in Utah and Lake Powell, tackling the summit of Mount Rainier in Washington, or fitness retreats in the Smokey Mountains and along the white sand beaches of Destin, Florida. Currently there are 200 veterans that have signed up to participate in future trips.

“Sarah is a person of determination and grit,” said Chris Gabrelcik, owner and founder of Lubrication Specialties. “We are very pleased to increase our match this year to bring more opportunities for veterans that are seeking the opportunity to reconnect with a challenging commission to facilitate camaraderie and bonding like they experience in their service years.”

Eight Waypoint Vets events are planned for 2022. The year’s fundraising kicks off April 30 with the 2nd Annual Waypoint Vets Motorcycle Ride with Combat Vets Motorcycle Association and Rolling Thunder in Gallatin, Tennessee.

Waypoint Vets plans the adventures, provides the gear and covers all the costs of travel, meals and lodging and offers a variety of activities to accommodate a wide range of fitness levels.

“Chris Gabrelcik believed in my vision and invested in both inspirational and tangible ways, making it possible for Waypoint Vets to become an operational reality. Three years later and I am amazed at how it has changed the lives of so many men and women Veterans that were needing this type of experience,” said Lee. “It can be very difficult transitioning to civilian life or navigating life without that structure and clear purpose in place. All who have had the opportunity to be involved these past few years in adventure trips, fundraising events and community outreach, are deeply grateful for Hot Shot’s Secret’s support. Their continued support is making it possible for us to actively combat Post Traumatic Stress, Military Sexual Trauma, and offset the 22 veteran suicides we incur every single day.”

For more information about Waypoint Vets or to sign up for an upcoming event, click here. The trips are open to Honorably Discharged U.S. Military Veterans of any branch of service.

A.J. Hecht

A.J. Hecht is the digital content editor of THE SHOP and host of the In Gear with THE SHOP podcast. Have an idea, a tip, or a question you’d like to see answered? Contact A.J. at ahecht@cahabamedia.com.

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