Racing for Awareness, a campaign created by ARCA/NASCAR driver, Joey Gattina in 2016, formed with the main focus to bring awareness and prevention to the rising suicide rates in the United States. In 2015 alone, suicide was the tenth leading cause of death in the United States and accounted for over 40,000 deaths in 2015 and cost the United States over fifty billion dollars. The goal of Racing for Awareness is to promote prevention and join in community programs to show those who are troubled, that help is available in hopes of lowering those rates through the on-track racing program to the NASCAR fan base.

Due to the unfortunate loss of a loved one to suicide, Joey fully understands the life-long effects that suicide has on those left behind. When Joey was faced with understanding suicide he was just a kid losing his best friend (Grandfather)  and crew chief Jimmy “PawPaw” Evans. It’s taken many years but giving up has never been an option for Joey. Now, with the support of Mission22, he plans to educate our public on PTSD and to help in the fight against suicide prevention with our veterans. Every day we lose 22 veterans, and our mission is to help make a difference.

“In Loving Memory of my PawPaw”

2018 Press Releases 


Mission 22


Mission 22 has three major programs.  Funding veterans to receive treatment for Post Traumatic Stress, Traumatic Brain Injury and other issues they may be facing through Mission 22 Programs as well as many partner organizations, large scale public art to honor veterans and creating impact in communities for the issues veterans are facing today.

There are memorials dedicated to the fallen warriors of nearly every major conflict in our country’s history. They remind us of the sacrifice, they honor those we’ve lost, and they tie civilian to soldier. But there was no national monument for those who have fallen in the war against Veteran suicide until the War at Home Memorial was created.

With your support, we were able to build one. We raised a monument—and awareness. We are working with community leaders in locations like Norfolk, Washington DC and New York City to create a permanent exhibit to pay tribute to those we have lost here at home.


The last year our goals for awareness have not only been met but far surpassed what we could have even hoped for. The Mission 22 campaign has brought veteran issues to millions of people so that they too can make a difference. Awareness precedes change and without it we can not heal our nation.


The monument construction has been completed. We honored 20 veterans who lost their lives here at home after serving our country abroad. Please see the Memorial page for photos and to follow progress of the monument as it travels around the United States. Its next location is set for Norfolk, Virginia and we are working on a semi-permanent location for it after that. For more info on the memorial please click here. 


Mission 22 has comprehensive programs to treat veterans suffering from PTS and TBI. We also have partnered with other organizations that offer amazing services to veterans as well as doctors and treatment facilities across the country. The VA is a great resource but they are understaffed and underfunded. With your help we can get our veterans the help they need now, without the wait. Our partner organizations specialize in Post Traumatic Stress, Traumatic Brain Injury, substance abuse and all of the issues veterans are facing today. To see some of our programs and the services we offer click here. 

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