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Mission: Fairways for warriors organization mission is to help combat wounded warriors with their mental and physical rehabilitation. The foundation defines a 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 400 combat wounded warriors and their families

Geographic areas served: Orlando FL, San Antonio, TX, Tampa, FL, Jacksonville, FL, NW FL (the Panhandel) 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

134 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

I've been a member of Fairways for Warriors for over two years. I feel blessed for my interaction with all the members who are always happy to lend a hand. This is a great community of veterans who want to help in any way possible. Golf is just one way to get together and share our stories and struggles. I was blessed to have found a tutor when I was taking College Algebra at Valencia College, the tutor helped me improve my grade from C to an A. Little gestures help veterans in a big way. Stay strong Fairways, stay strong fellow warriors. See you at the 1st Tee.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Fairways for Warriors has been a blessing in my life, I've been a member for a year and I have enjoyed every moment spent with other members. Whenever I needed help with tutoring (College Algebra) Tom Underdown helped me find a tutor, I was able to finish the class with an A. Fairways for Warriors is a family, nobody is turned away. When I started, others helped me now I give back helping others. Knowing that I can call on somebody at any time is a relief that I need. Thanks Fairways for all you do. God bless this organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a 10 year veteran of the United States Navy. I am disabled. The past four years had been very painful both physically and mentally. I suffered through depression and began drinking a lot. My day consisted of being secluded to my room. My marriage fell apart and that brought me to Jacksonville.  Somebody told me that I should contact Fairways For Warriors. Since joining Fairways For Warriors I have met so many men and women who genuinely care about you, your family and your well being! They have provided words of encouragement and hope with continued contact and support.  I am currently living with my son and daughter-in-law trying hard to rebuild my life and heal my pains. Fairways For Warriors are doing what say they are doing, providing hope, healing and camaraderie for wounded veterans and their families! We are also provided with golf lessons,  a round of golf and much needed fellowship with other veterans. Behind the scenes they work with local golf courses to ensure we have a place to hold our clinics. My daughter-in-law lost her job. It took three months before she received a job offer, we got behind on a lot of bills but was mainly concerned about rent. Fairways For Warriors came through and helped us with our rent. Had it not been for their assistance, we would have been struggling to search for new housing with no money to use as a deposit. Please consider being a supporting partner in their efforts to save lives, families and the support they have for each suffering veteran they reach out for.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization is a group of very helpful and resourceful veterans who enjoy helping fellow veterans and their families. This including not only services of the golf world, which is my therapy, but every other aspect of life from benefits to rental properties, someone always knows someone who can help.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

By far the best time spent since ive been discharged. Its extreemly rearding to have such a brotherhood working together toward a commin goal and having a blast along the way. Four thimbs up!!!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

On July 4th, 2013 I met an injured military veteran who was starting something called Fairways for Warriors in Texas. After meeting the president of Fairways for Warriors, Tom Underdown, it was clear that this organization had a strong mission and purpose. The mission is to heal combat veterans through the game of golf. I was very impressed with the organizations accomplishments and how many veterans Fairways for Warriors had impacted. Our first fund raising golf tournament was Nov. 2013 and the following month we held our first golf clinic with 11 Veterans in attendance. Today we have 126 Veterans as members of the Texas Chapter and we continue to see new wounded military veterans joining every month. I have been blessed to have the opportunity to serve our nation's finest men and women with Fairways for Warriors. It is the least that I can do to repay my gratitude to our nation's finest. God Bless our Veterans! God Bless Tom Underdown and all the volunteers at Fairways for Warriors.
Clint Butler - Director of Operations Texas

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Board Member

Rating: 5


For nearly four years, Fairways for Warriors has proven to have an immediate impact on Wounded Warriors and their families. The Wounded Warriors seem to appreciate golf but the family feedback has been exceptional. Wounded Warriors family members describe an immediate positive improvement as a result of their loved one playing golf with Fairways for Warriors. Wishing continued success and growth to Fairways for Warriors.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'm a former U.S. Air Force Veteran from March 21st, 1969 to March 20th, 1973. I'm serviced connected with a back injury. I'm also a volunteer golf instructor with Fairways For Warriors, Orlando chapter. I've been playing for (56) yrs., teaching for (15) yrs., and USGTF certified for (9) yrs. I'm a U.S. Postal Service retirée since 2004 and Continental/United Airlines retirée since 2015. My wife and I just recently relocated to the Orlando area from Northern New Jersey in October of 2016. I joined Fairways For Warriors in November of 2016. It was a perfect fit for me being a fellow disabled veteran myself. I had been affiliated with other organizations in the New York, New Jersey Metropolitan area in the past, but none with the mission and goal of giving something back to our Nation's former and fellow Vets. It's a privilege for me to serve those who have given so much to defending our freedom and liberties. They say freedom isn't free, somebody pays, one way or another and this I know to be a fact. The Fairways For Warriors Organization applaud these Veterans and give them a place to come and socialize. At Fairways For Warriors you can feel a sense of Family, Fellowship, Fraternity, and Faith. Once you're a member you establish ties that bonds you for life, genuine and sincere. The Organization's Chapter in Orlando is under the guidance and leadership of some very respectful and responsible people. From President Tom Underdown, Excecutive Director Brian Hicks, Administative Secretary Kate Wujek, Coordinators Dennis Daugherty & Jack Weismann are all hands on officers with a dedicated desire and commitment to see to it that no Warrior is left behind or left out. For a Non-Profit Organization it is as good as it gets. I write this comment with the hope that more sponsors will find Fairways For Warriors a more than worthy Organization to support and invest in. Helping those who have helped so many is never a bad thing. As they say in our circle, "all gave some and some gave all". Healing unseen wounds is our slogan and it stands in it's own. Unfortunately the number of suicides among Veterans is at epidemic proportions and we need to do everything in our powers to reduce those numbers. Fairways For Warriors are trying to do their share and I'm proud to be a member. Kudos to FFW.


Thank-You
John Perry

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fairways found me as I was struggling to find myself. Since I started going regularly to their clinics, I was able to reconnect with fellow veterans and pick up the game of golf. That allowed me to be myself and make huge progress in my healing. I credit Fairways For Warriors for giving me hope and saving my life. Thank you, from me and my family! - Lito Santos

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fairways for Warriors is an excellent organization which provides a place where I can begin to heal from psychological wounds, that I received in the Republic of Vietnam 50 years ago.
The opportunity to fellowship with other combat vets, the only ones that can know what I've been through, where I can talk, or be quiet is like a balm or medicine that is antidote for the chaos and horrors of combat.
The opportunity to learn the game of golf, to enjoy courses that are pristine, beautiful natural places, is a trematodes blessing.
I have been avoiding bucolic places since my tour in Vietnam, but the golf course gives me the opportunity to focus on a goal, to be surrounded by friends and comrades, to kid around and be serious, in the type of setting that in the past caused my heart to beat quickly, my hands to sweat, and my body to tense, while my eyes looked, instinctively for cover.
I cannot stress how important this organization has been to providing me with a firm footing in a world, that for me, has been turned on its head since 1967.
I am proud to be a member and donor to an organization that doesn't just give lip service, but provides a haven for combat warriors to finally come home.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was forced to medically separate from the Army last year at 80% service connected disability only making a small portion of my income from when I was active duty. My wife was placed on bed rest and then was admitted into the hospital in March due to severe preeclampsia where she delivered our daughter at 32 weeks. We lost everything from our vehicles to our home as well as had to put our dogs in a boarding facility not knowing if we were ever going to get them back. Fairways for Warriors immediately stepped in and changed our lives forever. From hotel stays to donations towards our bills even assisting towards our dogs boarding fees to even assisting us with personal dog handler training towards one of our dogs as he has a bit of aggression we are now able to say we finally have a beautiful home and are together as a family again for the first time in 7 months with our beautiful daughter. We were even given our first couple pieces of furniture for our home by the president himself and we are forever thankful to you Tom as well as John Rogers for training our dog Titan and for Jack's assistance with transportation when we had nothing. Thank you again! You will forever be a huge part of our family! We love you!

Donor

Rating: 5

I want to thank the wonderful people at Fairways for Warriors for graciously allowing me to borrow their paragolfer while my wife and I vacationed in Florida. I am a paraplegic who loves golf! Tom Underdown and Dennis Daugherty could not have been kinder or more accommodating. The amazing programs that their non-profit organizaton extends to our returning veterans are both healing and heartwarming.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Although I don't play golf (yet), Tom called me after Hurricane Matthew last Fall, came to my house in Brevard County, and gave me a nice check to help with fixing all the damages done by the hurricane on my house. Very nice and kind gesture!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My Husband Shaun came off active duty in 2015. He had a really hard time transitioning to civilian life, he went through 7 jobs in a year while we tried to navigate the VA system, and he finally received his rating a year and a half later. we went through several programs, lone survivor, wounded warrior project etc. for treatment. they are good at what they do which is providing a short intensive therapy and activity session, but once you get back you are on your own, with little to no follow up or support, so you fall back into your same bad habits. by husband was drinking every day, very depressed, and did want to leave the house or do anything due to his social anxiety. He got so depressed that he attempted suicide. We found out about fairways for warriors, and came to our first event a few months ago. Tom and the team immediately took us in with open arms. we felt a sense of comraderie, community and that someone actually cared about us. there was a whole network of people wanting to help on the road to recovery. Golf events, lessons, free physical training, bible study, poker nights and more. but the best part is that it was all local, so we got to meet people in our area that my husband could relate to, make friends with and hang out with on a regular basis, so now he has a group of people that all get together for events and hold eachother accountable, so if someone doesn't show up, people notice and check up on them. it's the constant contact that makes a difference.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fairways for Warriors has been excellent for my recovery as a wounded veteran. Tom truly cares about all veterans and not just on the golf course. without Fairways I am not sure how far I would be in my recovery. I cant say enough about this great organization!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have seen professional counseling on a regular basis at the clubhouse as well as golf instruction by golf pros, Christmas parties, physical therapy, recreational events, spiritual groups, i.e. Bible studies, vet to vet counselling, golf equipment fitting and distribution, and so much more. This is the real deal above and beyond.
I am proud to be a member of Fairways for Warriors.
Semper Fidelis
Matt Huber

Not to mention the upcoming trip to Ireland! So Awesome!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I recently found out my brother was missing for some time, found to have been the victim of a violent aggravated assault and is still recovering in the hospital from wounds received. Although my brother is not directly a member of Fairways For Warriors, they sent my family and I some money to assist in our travel to be with him. Tom Underdown and John Rogers contacted me directly and offered any way they could be of assistance to my brother, be it financially or otherwise. I am forever grateful for their generosity and kindness during this very stressful period and would recommend any combat veteran to join this very positive organization, just for the sheer comradery alone.

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