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12Sports Track Pass: Vigilant Vet Racing Offers Opportunity

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Last week when GNCC racing invaded the Mountain State it was a home coming for many drivers on the circuit, and one of those teams was Vigilant Vet Racing. A team made of veterans who race to help millions of others.

"It beats you, really bad. It's a rough sport. But yeah, I can't wait," said Rick Proctor, an Army and National Guard vet.

Whether its mud, rocks, or hills, GNCC off-road racing is some of the most extreme in the world, but there is nothing too hard for these men who served our country.

"I was deployed to Afghanistan in September of 2010," said Brandon Rumbaugh.

In Afghanistan, a Marine, Rumbaugh was set up in a small village when an improvised explosive device (IED) changed his life.

"We sent a couple of guys out, and the next thing you know one of them stepped on an IED," he said. "I grabbed a stretcher and was going to get him, and I got about 20-feet away from him and I stepped on a secondary IED... About a week later I woke up at Walter Reed in the United States."

These days Rumbaugh has traded in his fatigues for a fire suit. The vet is the newest member of Vigilant Vets Racing.

Rick Proctor, an Army and National Guard veteran served who in Operation Iraqi Freedom II is the man behind VVR.

"I honestly cannot explain it, especially me, it's a very emotion adventure for me. We're excited to say the least," said Proctor.

His troubles with PTSD led him to advocate for the many who suffer.

"Initially it really helped me get on schedule, it helped me get my mind off things," he said. "After work, I'd go home and work on the bike. With racing ATVs, especially GNCC, it's all about maintenance. These bikes take a beating, so you spend a lot of time doing maintenance doing upkeep."

Rumbaugh hasn't taken the track yet, his modified quad is still being built. When complete, he will join Proctor in proving that vets can truly overcome any obstacle.

"If we can accomplish anything, it will be to show people that if you want to do anything, just do it," said Rumbaugh.

"I don't think we'll ever not have PTSD to deal with," added Proctor. "Our point is to keep it in the storylines, we don't want it to just go away and people forget about it."