APRIL 20 • 2024 • PRESCOTT

Every year on the third Saturday of April, is the annual Cruise-In for Veterans Car Show supporting our Veterans of Northern Arizona combining two passions, helping our veterans and love of Classic Cars! This salute and support for our veterans has been around for over 13 years from this Non-Profit Group consisting of Volunteers and Community Supporters. Much of the funds raised go to Veterans Groups, US Vets Etc., Veterans Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans and Nations Finest organizations that help our veterans directly as well as direct assistance to VA Hospital in Prescott!

Events as Cruise-In for Veterans are a bridge to assist our veterans with shortfalls and provide services and items not paid for by the Government. The biggest issues today’s Veterans have is:

  1. Unemployment, since many serve our country fresh out of High School, they lack the formal education which puts them at a hiring disadvantage.
  2. It is hard to believe but 1/3 of the homeless in our country are veterans. With untreated PTSD they get driven to alcohol and drug addictions.
  3. Suicide and depression are high among our veterans due to poor mental health and no clear path after our veterans service our country.
  4. Recently it has been difficult for veterans to make claims due to backlogs with physical injuries, sometimes months or even years.

Those in Veterans Hospitals often do not get the items they need for daily life functions, events like this are a funding source that goes to the veterans’ needs with minimal bureaucracy.

This Saturday a gathering of over 425 entries, supporters of our Troops had one of the largest turnouts. Spectators, motorheads and veterans made it one patriotic gathering to support our Military Veterans. The awards, 35, were selected by Veterans in attendance, making it an honor to receive one when you are selected by a patriot of our country. The opening ceremony was conducted by Embry Riddle University Cadets, you had to be there to experience it! The event had over 60 sponsors and 13 veteran support groups were represented on the day of the event. The raffle was endless as many items were donated for the raffle as well as over 100 pieces of art being donated. The silent auction was a hit as well as the “Buy it Now Table”. There were plenty of food options and places to sit and eat comfortably in a shaded area. Parking was handled by the Rangers and BROs (local motorhead group) as well as others. If you were in a group, you had to arrive with the group to park together, which worked great, which sped up parking drastically. Registration was handled in a very efficient manner, I only had to wait about 10 minutes to get my package.

This being a great year for participation, $30,000 was raised in this one-day event in appreciation of our veterans who were deployed to defend our nation.

We Salute you!