The mission of Jeeps for Heroes is to donate refurbished jeeps or similar off-road vehicles to veterans and first responders who have made the sacrifice to protect our freedom and are adjusting to civilian life while battling the effects of PTSD. Our goal is to also provide these veterans with a sense of community.
"Honestly, at first I was not very open to the idea (of a Jeep Club) and had a hard time adjusting to being with people I didn't know. Now, we try to meet new people with wheeling and just discuss different things. I am still leery of new people, but I think I've done better with it. Being in the forest or even the trails just allows me to be free from it all. I don't have any other passions as I once used to. But I think I have found something for me to get away from the everyday bull and just relax, which is hard for me."
"Being outdoors is the way I decompress when the memories come rushing back."
"As a wife of a war veteran, I can see it's hard for him to connect with people. Since we got involved in our local Jeep Club, he has made countless friends! His desire to explore with his Jeep, combined with the camaraderie of other like-minded people, has been invaluable!"
"Leaving the cell phone in the jeep and watching the woods wake up is something not many people understand. The sun peeking through the trees for the first time that day melts away the stress as it does the frost."
"(Jeeping) places my mind on something other than the stressors. I focus on using my equipment and skills to overcome obstacles. It removes me from the urban environment, where I am ever at increased vigilance, and places me in a tranquil, natural setting. I fellowship with ordinary people outside of my profession, people with a common recreational interest. Jeeping and Jeepers add a much needed balance between being a first responder and being just another person."
"After 22 years as a trauma nurse in the US Navy, I have a freeing and stress-free time (off-roading). Whether on the beach, trails, or roads, I get real peace of mind."
"Here in Jew Jersey, it's difficult to escape the hustle and bustle. But there are parts far enough away that you can't hear the traffic, and those parts of the state are magic."
"My favorite place right now is probably Drummond Island in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The Steps at Marblehead are pretty intense."
"I love the beach, climate and people on Guam...driving along the ocean with all the cool cliffs surrounding. Another great place for Jeeping is off-road through the mountains up in the Gila Bend outside of Silver City, New Mexico. Talk about some awesome rock crawling."
"Mostly behind the levees in South Louisiana. I can ride for hours back there."
"We rode with a large group of friends in the various Southern California deserts. But (my daughter) and I always had a father/daughter ride. Just the two of us. No one else allowed to come. That group has faded, but my daughter and I still ride."
"Going down to some water to listen to the waves."