Garner Motorcycle Ride to increase support for Hopeway’s Veterans Program

American Infidels VMC Central North Carolina hosts Poker Run on April 23rd

GARNER – Nationwide, an average of 20 veterans die by suicide each day. To shed light on the importance of quality mental health care for military veterans, Central North Carolina’s American Infidels Veterans Motorcycle Club (AIVMC) is stepping up support for HopeWay’s Veterans Program in its first annual Poker Run.

The event is open to the public (cars, motorcycles and everything else) and will be held on Saturday, April 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10225 at 1706 Garner Road in Garner, NC instead of. All participants will receive a card to be stamped at various locations along the route; There are prizes for best hand, worst hand and others. The fee is $20 per vehicle and includes hamburgers and hot dogs, drinks, and a chance to win prizes. All proceeds benefit HopeWay’s Veterans Program.

“We appreciate that American Infidels VMC Central North Carolina and the Triangle community are coming together to raise awareness and funds for veteran mental health services,” said Justin Johnson, MD, a board-certified psychiatrist and director of the Veteran Services at HopeWay – to an accredited nonprofit mental health residential and day treatment center for adults, including veterans.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, nearly one in four active duty soldiers show signs of mental illness. In addition, the rate of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can be as high as 100% 15 times higher – and the depression rate up to five times higher – among active-duty members compared to civilians.

“We are passionate about raising money for veterans’ causes and want to do our part to ensure our fellow veterans struggling with mental health receive the treatment and services they need,” 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 23rd. We look forward to bringing the public, fellow motorcycle clubs, military members and veterans together for a great day of riding, networking and supporting HopeWay’s veteran program.”

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

dr Johnson added, “As a veteran and through years of mentoring combat veterans, I know the importance of having an innovative and inclusive 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 serving our country.”

There are also ways to sponsor or donate to the Poker Run. Registration and donations can be paid via PayPal @AIVMCCNC. For more information, see

About HopeWay

HopeWay is an accredited nonprofit adult mental health treatment center in Charlotte, NC serving clients from North Carolina and across the country. HopeWay also offers an evidence-based veterans program. It also provides services for children, adolescents and adults through its HopeWay Psychiatry & Associates outpatient clinic. HopeWay’s continuum of care meets the needs of adults living with mental illness and their families with inpatient and outpatient treatment options and follow-up planning, with the goal of helping clients lead healthy and fulfilling lives. HopeWay’s goal is also to raise awareness and reduce the stigma of mental health issues through a community education program. To learn more, visit or call 1-844-HOPEWAY

About American Infidel’s VMC

The American Infidels Veterans Motorcycle Club is a federally recognized 501(c)(19) War Veterans Organization that supports military members and veterans. Learn more at

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