COPPERAS COVE — Josh Greeves, a former engineer and truck driver in the U.S. Army, had one main goal Saturday evening in gathering hundreds of Copperas Cove residents to TrackSlide nightclub.

“We want to make sure veterans with post traumatic stress disorder and first responders know that there are people out here who care about them,” he said.

The first annual Car Show for Bridging the Gap for PTSD Veterans attracted dozens of supporters of those who served in the military. Refreshments and food were provided as live music rang through the club’s parking lot, filled with bikers and car owners.

About 25 volunteers pulled together to make the show a reality. Tom Parker, founder of the Hooligan Car Club, was among them and pulled in with several club members to encourage attendees to donate for what he called a great cause.

Greeves, a manager at TrackSlide, contacted Parker to help him kick off the new, yearly event.

“We’re just out here trying to help bridge the gap of PTSD,” Greeves said. “That, and bring a lot of cars.”

Among the host of hotrods sat LD DeWald, a Purple Heart Army veteran, and his 1985 Pontiac Firebird.

For somebody who regularly visits TrackSlide, showing up in solidarity with his fellow veterans was a win-win.

“They had asked me to show up today, and I thought I was worth it,” DeWald said as those strolling by caught glances at his fire-red ride.

Contact TrackSlide at 254-547-5150 for more information on how to show support for veterans with PTSD. | 254-501-7553 | 254-501-7553

Herald staff writer

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