Photos and Baja footage courtesy of Nick Siemens @visualgruntmedia
Anyone who’s ridden a motorcycle before knows there’s something special about the experience it provides, and that’s not only while you’re at the controls. Riding and racing can be an escape of sorts, but the camaraderie it can build at the track or on the trails is something that’s hard to find anywhere else. Nick Hamm, a combat wounded Marine, formed the Warrior Built Foundation on this very concept, using off-road racing and teamwork as one of several forms of vocational and recreational therapy to help his fellow combat veterans and wounded warriors .
We’ve been aware of the work the foundation has been doing with our veterans for a couple years now, but when our friends at Race Tech mentioned to us that they would be supporting their Baja race team this this year by rebuilding their engines and suspension, we decided to stop by the Warrior Built HQ in Lake Elsinore, California, to learn more.
For more info on the Warrior Built Foundation, read their mission statement below and visit warriorbuilt.org.
From Warrior Built’s website…
The mission of "Warrior Built" seeks to honor the service and sacrifice of combat veterans and wounded service members who served our country by providing vocational and recreational opportunities. Vocational and recreational opportunities break through walls and foster an environment of healing, where great memories are born and new support systems are formed.
"Built" by combat veterans for combat veterans
"Built" on our core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment
"Built" with the unrelenting drive to make a difference
"Built" remembering the Warrior Ethos we learned serving our country
The purpose of our foundation is to provide new motivation, camaraderie and to spark their imagination while most importantly offering a release to cope with similar difficulties in a positive and therapeutic way. We do this in a safe, fun and supportive environment all while providing much needed different forms of therapy.
"Building Spirits, Souls and Machines"
Vocational therapy is conducted in our "Warrior Built Garage" where we give combat veterans the opportunity to be exposed to the world of fabrication and the mechanics of different types of vehicles. Whether it is an off-road vehicle, race car, classic car or motorcycle, we give them a chance to figure out if they want a future in the fabrication and mechanic industry.
Recreational therapy consists of attending different events that fuel the motivation and adrenalin for our combat veterans. We do this by bringing them to events such as dirt bike races, drag racing, off-road racing, concerts and planning camping trips to the sand dunes, off-road parks, rivers, lakes etc… We also help combat veterans pursue their desires to enter and compete in different types of action sports and races such as the Baja 1000 off-road race.
The camaraderie and motivation that sparks from these projects we build and the events we attend have changed the lives of the combat veterans who have given so much for our country.
48th SCORE Baja 1000
Satellite Phone Store
Ryno Power Supplements
Mickey Thompson Tires
Pro Moto Billet
Thor MX Gear
Deft Fam Gloves
Belt Drives, LTD.
GMA Brakes & Controls
JIMS Performace Parts
Peter Harsch Prosthetics
Ride Wright Wheels
Quaid Harley Davidson
Danny Gray Seats