MILFORD - If you were in downtown Milford on April 20, you may have seen a convoy of vintage Army trucks and other equipment rolling down 6/209.
Escorted by Milford Borough Police, the privately owned military vehicles were heading from New Hampshire to the 2018 MTA Military Vehicle Rally at the Sussex Fairgrounds in New Jersey, held April 20-22.
A&H Recon Shop and Granite State Iron Calvary hosted the convoy to raise awareness for veteran and first responder suicide prevention. They partnered with 22Kill, which relates to the grim 2013 statistic of 22 suicides per day, attributed to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).
Event coordinator Steven Cahill said that private ownership of military vehicles is a quickly growing hobby of thousands of veteran and active-duty service members.
”It is a hobby that has helped many returning service members cope with daily life by repairing, restoring and displaying these Iron Veterans and helping to educate younger generations about their history and combat roles,” Cahill said.
A&H Recon Shop is a heavy truck shop that specializes in the repair, restoration and modification of former military vehicles. Granite State Iron Cavalry is a New England based Military Vehicle collector group.
Donations and sponsorships were being raised at www.facebook.com/donate/168164473833927. More information on the event and cause is available there.