Along the road to being crowned "The King" of NASCAR, Richard Petty made many sacrifices to become the most decorated driver in the sport's history. Those sacrifices help Petty appreciate the sacrifices of our brave service members who have preserved freedoms for this great nation.

"Our veterans have made it possible for us to do what we love," said Petty, who lends his support to Paralyzed Veterans of America, an organization dedicated to veterans' rights, medical research, and civil rights for all persons with disablities. "I've seen firsthand the sacrifices that our troops make so that we can enjoy our freedom."

A band of service members returning from World war II with spinal cord injuries founded Paralyzed Veterans in 1946. In over 6 decades, this organization has developed a unique expertise on issues affecting service members with special needs. As it has expanded to include 34 chapters, Paralyzed Veterans has remained dedicated to creating an environment in America where veterans and all those with disablities can lead fulfilling, independent, and productive lives. Paralyzed Veterans is a tireless advocate for health care, spinal cord injury research, accessibility and the removal of architectural barriers, sports programs, and disability rights.

Richard Petty co-hosts the "King's Cup - Karting for a Cause" each year. The first King's Cup was held in 2009 and it has become an annual PVA fundraising event that includes participation from Petty as well as both RPM drivers and many RPM employees.

Richard Petty's long-standing partnership with Paralyzed Veterans will continue to increase visibility for disabled men and women in uniform, and he is proud to support an organization that gives back to those who have given all.

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