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