Fueled by the Fallen
Kevyn Major Howard, ''Rafterman'' from Stanley Kubrick's blockbuster film Full Metal Jacket, challenged himself in 2007 to name just one Hero that had died for his freedom. ''I was watching the nightly news as they announced that 12 died this day and 7 that day'', Kevyn said. ''I woke up one morning and challenged myself to name just one person who has died for my freedom'', he continued. ''I couldn't.''
So Kevyn decided to do something about it. He started the Fueled By The Fallen, a 501(c)3 non-profit. Kevyn enlisted the expertise of Chuck Spiker, a lifelong drag racer and former National Go Kart Champion, to create a memorial that would get the attention of all Americans. ''The reason we chose race cars is because you can get the attention of a two year and a ninety-two year old with one'', Kevyn said. Chuck took a 1963 Nova and created a 10 second quarter mile door slammer drag car representing fallen Marines from Iraq and Afghanistan. ''Maybe I can get people who look upon the race car to remember just one name. If I can do that, I have accomplished my mission'', Kevyn continued.