How it Started
Racing for a mission. After my son's suicide I realized the 22-a-day epidemic. I was shocked at this and beyond myself that I didn't know. I found great organizations out there helping Veterans in need. If I could have suggested these to my son or reached out to them, maybe things would be different today. So I started an MSA program, a military suicide awareness race program.
I built a dragbike in honor of my son. I created a purple and teal flag theme wrapped the bike for a platform to help support great organizations that help Veterans NOW. 4 - 501c3 orgs on the bike with PTSD and TBI references. I Honored my son on the bike and people LOVED IT!!! The response was overwhelming, so I took it to the next level. Started/partnered on a MSA Pro Stock Motorcycle Team, and started this foundation.
More About Sgt. Riley Brandt
Robert lost his son age 22 on November 28, 2020 in Watertown, NY where he was stationed at Ft. Drum. Riley had previously served 4.5 years in the US Army and was in his second enlistment.
He spent 1 year in Afghanistan. He was diagnosed with a TBI (traumatic brain injury) when he returned from Afghanistan in 2019. PTSD symptoms were present several months prior to his suicide.
Robert, never in a million years, thought that this could happen to his son. Riley excelled at anything and everything. He was very smart and observant, always worked out, ate healthy, and loved music and the outdoors. He lived life to the fullest every day.