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Mission: Fairways for warriors organization mission is to help combat wounded warriors with their mental and physical rehabilitation. The foundation dedines wounded warrior as anyone who has served in a combat theater weather a physical injury was sustained or not. The invisible wounds are usually more difficult to over come. The organization has many vietnam veterans in the program and using the game of golf as apart of mental and physical rehabilitation. Golf is a great game to help with ptsd and tbi. The foundation provided at no charge golf equipment, professional instructors, and golf outings. In addition, fairways for warriors helps when a combat veteran and their family need some financial assistance. For example, helping with food, gas, car repairs, utilities, therapy, etc

Target demographics: Our mission is to help combat wounded warriors with their mental and physical rehabilitation.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 200 combat wounded warriors and their families

Geographic areas served: Orlando FL, San Antonio, TX, Tampa, FL, Jacksonville, FL and Newport, RI

Programs: We provide golf equipment, instruction, outings and other activities to wounded warriors and their families.When we started 5 years ago, we had no idea what a significant the impact that such an organization would have for warriors and their families. What we’ve learned is that Fairways for Warriors has given these brave men and women the opportunity to heal from their most significant injuries – the injuries that we can’t see such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, etc.

Community Stories

120 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

JeremyRuffner

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Fairways For Warriors is THE BEST way to be apart of all military veterans life's. As in being a fellow member or just being there to help them out. I am a Veteran my self and when I started partaking in this organization my life has improved. I am able to smile and feel like a belong to something again. Thanks to Fairways for Warriors I am a human being again. The give you the opportunity to get out of your house and be a part of a great group of people that care for others. The way that they are willing to bend over backwards to help with anything they can.. They have helped people get out of the house and become a part of a Community instead of a statistic by committing suicide. Please if you read this Think about all the veterans in the world and what a Golf opportunity can do for a combat vet who is depressed. They have the outdoors and people who care to teach or learn. .

Client Served

Rating: 5


           My name is Keith Cooper and I just wanted to take a moment to express a bit of gratitude your way. I am very grateful for Fairways for warriors. For someone like me who lives in a state where there are no active military bases, and few veterans organizations, your organization has awakened a new passion inside me in the form of golf. Everyone supports the soldier while they are away, but getting the help you need is like asking for million dollars, people laugh and think your joking. For many years since transitioning from the uniform to civilian i have felt like a drain on society,( retired before the age of 25, no work, social security) useless and lost. Unable to teach my childern things, like work ethic. Trying to find ways to bond with them, with PTSD people shut themselves out and grow distant. Golf has given me the opportunity to build a better relationship with my children through an activity we all enjoy, and to find some inner peace. Most importantly how to fail and accept it. Every person who has ever put a uniform on knows failure is not an option, i cant even spell defeet lol. Thanks again, over and over again, im sure my sons would say the same.




Client Served

Rating: 5

Ola Como Este Compeneros, My Name is Mike, I recently retired Army 20 years Infantry. I have moved to Colombia, Medellin, thats South America for all you Red nECKS. I am a gringo and born and raised Californian. I moved to Colombia Because I wanted to be able to live in a world that had a strong beleif in God and a strong beleif in Family Values. I am also 100 percent disabled with TBI Ptsd and lots of cracky achy bones. I Can live here for a minimal cost and the medical care is excellent. I love it here. I love that I can be myself and be around people who dont see wealth as a neccessity. I am really excited everyday to wake up and smell the fresh air. I want to tell you a story of how lucky I am to have met Tom (Lightening Tom Underwood) I call him that because he is always on the go and plays golf faster than anyone i have ever met. I had just recently had Thyroid surgery, papillary radiation cancer) about 2 years ago. everything went great, I took my one pill a day and thats it, I adjusted my diet and stopped drinking alcohol, beer, tea and eating my favorite chocolate, all in effort to get healthy and stay that way, I am 55 years old and cant afford to be sick. Well about a month ago I was feeling all kinds of symptoms of PTSD and Heart palpitations, I was nuaseas and dizzy, Angry and wanting to beat the crap out of people. outbursts and crying. just flat out strange and not me at all. I am one of the most laid back healthy person you can meet. So I got worried and knew I had to reach out, because I was having these Panic attacks. I looked online and wrote a letter to a few organizations, expressing these issues and asking for help. which is different for me, because I have never needed this kind of support or help. I wrote a letter and I received 5 responses from some places that had openings in a year, I received a email from Tom Underwood, he said if I could buy my Plane ticket from Colombia, He could furnish me with a place to stay for a week and maybe get some therapy called ARTES. ( Physcologist therapy) He said that there were other combat vets that I could hang out with and play some golf, I am very athletic and that sounded great. I bought my ticket, not knowing what I was getting into, but if I didnt do something, soon, I was gonna be in bad shape. Maybe dead. I bought my ticket and flew From South America, to Orlando. From there I rented a car and I was having major difficulty dealing in crowds and people, I was having a panic attacks and sweating and my head hurt and my vison was blurry. it was really bad, I ended at a traffic light so flustered and angry, that I punched the car windsheild and busted it from the inside, Wow, I have never done that. I ended up getting set up at the Hilton grand vacation suites at Disneyworld, Courtesy of Fairways for Warriors. That place was the nicest place and the beds helped me rest. I ended up going to The Hospital for 2 days for massive heart palpitations and panic attacks. I found out that I was being overdosed with Thyroid medications from the VA. I had lost 40 pounds and my heart was playing all kinds of games, it also caused my mind to go on meltdown. I did not feel alone, Tom had set me up with connections for anything that I needed. He went golfing with me several times and helped me calm my nerves by not pressuring me to be someone I am not. I felt very much at home and felt if I was in trouble, I had somone to talk to. The Fairways to warriors has a great program and Giant building for the warriors to meet, which has workout equipment, golf simulaters, televisions with all sports,And Kids and families are welcome and they try to set up different activities throughout the month, poker, footabll, baseball nights. I ended up staying for 30 days, I was very sick and even though I was in Disneyworld area and lots to do, I had a hard time just getting out and socializing. I felt so much better after that month and had met so many new buddies, I am thankful for all and hope the best for everybody, I want everybody to know that if TomAnd Fairways for Warriors had not reached out and taken the time to open there heart and arms to me, I dont know where I would be. Thank you and Please, if anybody wants to get away and come to the Land Of Eternal spring, I have room and the flights are fairly enexpensive.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great supporter of our veteran community. I cannot thank them enough for all they do. I always tell fellow veterans I meet about the services they provide and help with.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My NAME is Ernesto Jimenez I'm a member of fairways for hero's and I went to my first event Oct 1st and I was welcomed and treated like I had been there my whole life. They were helpful offered me and my family all kinds of help and it could possibly be the best Veterans group I'm a member of. I love it and i look forward to making it to more and more events!!!!!

Fred36

Volunteer

Rating: 4

My name is Fred patterson I am a member of fairways for warriors have been a while I am a veteran of Vietnam War I have ptsd sense I been with ffw it has helped me a lot I have some one to talk with guys that had experience the same thing as me I am glad to be associated with them help me out a lot

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fairways for Warriors is a God send. It is an outlet that addresses a combatants needs like no other veteran organization can. Not only do they serve the veteran but involve their families with golf instructions and equipment at no cost. This gives spouses and their children the opportunity to interact with other families in similar situations dealing with someone who has a physical/emotional disability brought back from combat. It is an incredible healing family environment. Tom, Al, and Dennis not only provide for the families golfing needs...they also provide other benefits like financial seminars, coordinating job opportunities, discounts at local golf courses, and a Life Center where they can practice and socialize. It is an organization that is under-recognized and under-funded for the prosperity it brings to a veteran's life.

Boogaloo S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

One of the greatest organizations I have had the privilege of being a member. From the first day I came out to an event everyone treated me as family, very supportive and helpful. Not only a great organization for golf but a great place to socialize with fellow vets and a great support group.

Edwin R. M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

An honor to serve those that serve and served !! I am Edwin R. Marrero, US Army, Colonel (ret.) and I serve as Chair of the Orange County Mayor's Veterans Advisory Council, with members representing about 28 different Veterans Service Organizations. FFW is among those OCMVAC members, and we admire the FFW success in meeting its vision and charter mission. Under the direction of Thomas Underdown the Veterans and their families enjoy an environment of military camaraderie and challenging physical activity. Donors are able to see the results, feel the excitement, and display their patriotic gratitude.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

One of the most supporting organizations I know that enables our wounded Veterans to seek opportunities to help others, themselves, and their families.
Colonel E. R. Marrero, US ARMY, ret.

1 Marcos C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great program that provides help to veterans who need to get out to enjoy life again how they use to.