Brickyard 400 contest winner promoting charity for wounded warriors

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Retired U.S. Navy SEAL Jason Redman is the winner of the Crown Royal “Your Hero’s Name Here” program for the July 24 Brickyard 400, but he won’t have his name displayed around the track.

Instead, he requested that the name of the charity he and wife Erica founded be used. The NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway will be known as the “Crown Royal presents the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Brickyard.”

Redman, of Chesapeake, Virginia, enlisted in the Navy after high school and served 10 years as an enlisted SEAL before enrolling at Old Dominion University. After graduation, he was commissioned as a Naval SEAL officer. He served five deployments, including two combat deployments.

In 2007, Redman’s Assault Team came under heavy machine-gun fire and he was wounded in the face and left arm. He had 37 surgeries and was honored with the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star Medal with Valor, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medals and two Combat Action Ribbons.

After his recovery, he founded the non-profit organizations Combat Wounded Coalition and Wounded Wear. The Combat Wounded Coalition provides free clothing and clothing modifications to combat wounded warriors.

In addition to Redman, program finalists included: Piper Hill, retired Army Captain and founder of Healing4Heroes from Atlanta, Georgia; Michael Gallardo, retired Army Sergeant from San Antonio, Texas; Chris Mintz, former Army Infantryman and community leader from Roseburg, Oregon, and Leigh Ann Hester, Army National Guard Sergeant First Class and Police Officer from Murfreesboro, Tennessee.