This great group is doing wonderful things for veterans. I was able to get 6 lessons at Chambers Bay home of the 2015 US Open from there head golf professional and then was fitted for a set of Taylor made Golf clubs. It has changed my golf game 100%. They are now doing group clinics at Chambers Bay so we can get to know other veterans and golfers in our own areas. Please keep up the great work.
An incredible organization with an incredible mission! SMGA is comprised of dedicated volunteers who provide a much needed outlet for our wounded veterans.
Jim and team provide tailored golf instruction depending on each individuals personal challenges. My five year old son also enjoys volunteering.
I've been involved with the SMGA for over five years as a volunteer. Few nonprofits are as hands-on and receive immediate results as what SMGA accomplishes with our wounded veterans. The therapeutic work the organization carries out - led by Jim Estes and his team of highly skilled PGA instructors - is proven to create better lives for the heroic men and women who have sacrificed to protect our freedom.
SMGA helped open doors for me post injury. It allowed me to reconnect with many of the wounded veterans I had met throughout my time at Walter Reed, and allowed me to grow an extensive professional network through their golf opportunities. I am forever in their debt for helping me transition into civilian life.
I just started playing golf and I love it! I was diagnosed with TBI and had left and right shoulder surgeries. I go to a lot of different types of therapy for TBI, but golf is by far the best not just because I get to spend the day at a beautiful golf course and play a game that I fell in love with but because my brain is always working. I am always strategizing each shot, I'm trying to dig deep and remember what a perfect 200, 100, and 50 yard shot feels like to get me the best out come oN the golf course, and who knows maybe I'll get to use the divot fixer I bought hah. And trying to get the ball to go long and straight with 2 shoulders that are never going to be 100 percent again was nothing for the guys at SMGA . PGA Jim Estes and all the other PGA instructers that come out and help teach are so good with the basic fundamentals of golf that they can help anyone meet their goals with the game of golf it truly is amazing! And then to be afforded the chance to get a free set of custom fitted clubs I would have never thought I would have a set! I thought a used set of clubs off craigslist would have been the way to go. So again, thanks to SMGA once again they made dreams a reality! So with that being said if you have never played golf or already love the game of golf I highly recommend checking out SMGA! And seeing everything they do for wounded veterans I didn't even mention half of what they have to offer, it's truly an amazing non-profit.
After being injured in Afghanistan in 2011 I wasn't sure what physical activities I would still be able to do. The one thing I had always enjoyed during my military service was playing golf. The Salute to Military Golf Association got me out of the hospital and back on the golf course. Through the Saturday clinics and playing opportunities I was able meet men and women who were going through the same struggles I was going through.I enjoyed the camaraderie, the physical challenge, and the mental stimulation of being competitive in a sport again. After 4 years of being with the program, I can honestly say it was a key component of my recovery and instrumental in getting me back on my feet. The staff and volunteers make this program my favorite. I look forward to every Saturday that I can go back, but this time as a mentor to the injured veterans that are going through the same struggles that I did. I would recommend this program to any wounded veteran that is looking for a challenge, camaraderie, and healing. SMGA has given me something that I can take with me forever, I may never be able to run with my kids down the road, but I know that I will be able to play golf. The program showed me there is a place I can go when the days are tough that will put me in a calm place, a place I can be around my peers, and a place that I can heal.
This is an organization committed to helping our Wounded Veterans and their Families during a most difficult period. A wonderful collection of volunteers, supporters, and community partners come together as a support network to make it happen. The use of a variety of social media and web-based tools have drawn the nationwide community even closer.
This organization has changed my life for the better. I now have a sport that I love and that motivates me to stay active. I now have a renewed sense of purpose and motivation. Staff was amazing and very easy to communicate with.
I volunteer with the organizations and have seen the healing power -- not of golf, but of finding a new normal. Life not as it was... but as it is, now. Remarkable changes in some remarkable Americans! ... based around a small dimpled ball. Conscientious leadership, dedicated volunteers... Great Mission!
From the moment I discovered the SMGA, I knew that I wanted to be a part of it! Their mission is to provide wounded veterans with rehabilitative golf experiences, and over the past 9 years they have helped thousands of people both mentally and physically. Golf is an excellent form of therapy for PTSD and amputees, and this organization is a blessing for those looking to recover from their injuries. I look forward to seeing the SMGA grow and expand across the US in the upcoming years. #SMGA #WarriorGolf