Garner Motorcycle Ride To Rev Up Support for Hopeway Veterans Program

American Infidels VMC Central North Carolina to host Poker Run on April 23

GARNER – Nationally, an average of 20 veterans die by suicide every day. To help shine a light on the importance of quality mental health treatment for military veterans, the American Infidels Veterans Motorcycle Club (AIVMC) Central North Carolina is boosting support for the HopeWay Veterans Program at its inaugural race annual poker.

Open to the public (cars, motorcycles and everything in between), the event will take place Saturday, April 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10225 located at 1706 Garner Road in Garner, NC All attendees will receive a card to be stamped at different places along the route; there will be prizes for best hand, worst hand and others. Fee is $20 per vehicle and includes burgers and hot dogs, drinks, and a chance to win prizes. All proceeds will benefit the HopeWay Veterans Program.

“We appreciate the VMC Central North Carolina American Infidels and the Triangle area community who have come together to raise awareness and fund mental health services for veterans,” said Justin Johnson, MD, board-certified psychiatrist and director of services for veterans. veterans at HopeWay – an accredited non-profit mental health residential and day treatment center for adults, including veterans.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, nearly one in four active service members show signs of a mental health problem. In addition, the rate of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can reach 15 times higher — and the rate of depression up to five times higher — among active duty military personnel compared to civilians.

“We are passionate about raising money for veterans’ causes and want to do our part to help ensure that our fellow veterans struggling with mental health issues receive the treatment and services they need,” said said Aaron “Trouble” P., a veteran. and Sergeant-at-Arms for the American Infidels VMC Central North Carolina. “Everyone is invited to join us on April 23. We look forward to bringing together the public, fellow motorcycle clubs, military members and veterans for a great day of riding, socializing and supporting the motorcycle program. HopeWay veterans.”

Located in Charlotte, North Carolina, HopeWay’s Veterans Program serves veterans from North Carolina and the country. HopeWay provides specialized, evidence-based support and treatment to veterans living with PTSD and related mental health issues to help them live healthy and fulfilling lives. Residential and day program options are available. For more information, visit

Dr Johnson added: “As a veteran and through my years of caring for veterans, I know the importance of having an innovative and integrative mental health treatment program for our military heroes. Veterans deserve the highest quality mental health care to treat post-traumatic stress disorder and other illnesses suffered as a result of service to our country.

There are also opportunities to sponsor the Poker Run or make a donation. Registration and donations can be paid via PayPal @AIVMCCNC. More information is available at

About HopeWay

HopeWay is an accredited, not-for-profit mental health treatment center for adults in Charlotte, NC, serving clients from North Carolina and across the country. HopeWay also offers an evidence-based veterans program. He also provides services to children, adolescents and adults through his outpatient clinic, HopeWay Psychiatry & Associates. HopeWay’s continuum of care meets the needs of adults living with mental illness and their families with residential care and outpatient treatment options as well as aftercare planning, with the goal of helping clients live a healthy and fulfilling life. HopeWay’s goal is also to raise awareness and reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues through a community education program. To learn more, visit or call 1-844-HOPEWAY

About American VMC Infidels

American Infidels Veterans Motorcycle Club is a federally recognized 501(c)(19) veterans organization supporting service members and veterans. Learn more about

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