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 have recently moved to the area, searching for help in dealing with my PTSD through VA, and I was introduced to this wonderful organization. Shortly after applying for membership, Tom and the team welcomed me with open arms, and my life, socialy speaking, has improved significantly through association with fellow vererans. By having a venue locally to chanelize my needs, desires and goals, I have thrived positively. Thank you all at FFW for your support!
Fairways for Warriors has treated me with kindness and respect from day one. They provide great services for us Vets and make it fun, so we can smile again. They also post when different opportunities arise with other non-profit organizations. Thank you for always looking out for us.
Fairway warriors is a great organization. Myself being a combat veteran and having PTSD, this organization has help me integrate back into society by playing the game of golf. I’m grateful to fairway warriors for helping my improvement during this recovery phase.
Fairways for Warriors Inc. has continued to be an informative organization in my life. Most recently they shared information regarding another organization’s effort to privide money to injured Service Members. Thank you for everything you do!
I have been associated with F4W for more than a year. As a veteran I was looking for an organization that brought other veterans together for the greater good of those in need of mental, physical, and financial situations. I recently retired from the Veterans Administration. F4W is a unique program in that our group can work with a vet with special programs designed for the individual promoting comradery to share issues with others and promote a comfortable environment for healing. Fairways also has professional psychologists for therapy that has proven very successful. The organization only uses 5 cents of every dollar collected for administration expenses. 95 cents goes to the programs promoting the healing processes and programs for the veterans. I am honored to be a member of this outstanding organization and the great things they do every day for the veteran. David Smith
My husband served in the Army and was deployed to Bosnia from the early to late 90's. When our daughter was in need of therapy, Fairwarys for Warriors, Inc. was a huge blessing to our family by helping with the cost of her treatment. We cannot say thank you enough for your willingness to asist us during a great time of need! This is a great nonprofit organization that is helping veterans in our community! Thank you again for your support and encouragement!
I am retired officer of over 29 years who was fortunate enough to find an an organization such as Fairways For Warriors San Antonio Chapter to help me cope with hidden wounds of combat. Fairways for Warriors has help me and my family through tireless efforts and support by putting me in touch with other veterans that share a similar challenge. Golf has enabled me to slowly integrate myself back to society. Please continue to support this excellent organization that truly invests in its veterans and families. Fairways for Warriors has no equal on how they support us and for this reason I will continue to be part of it. Great Job!!!!!
Fairways For Warriors is here to support the combat veterans of our community. I have only been with them a short time but have had the opportunity to help a fellow veteran in need, play some golf and get great golf instruction. I always tell my shipmates about them and tell them to visit their website.
FAIRWAYS FOR WARRIORS is a nonprofit that helps veterans that suffer from combat wounds (physically and unseen) They use golf as a form of therapy, along with bonding with other veterans and real therapy techniques.
I sent an email inquiring about eligibility and within a week I was sent to Orlando Florida to receive a weeks worth of golf instruction from professionals, Including instruction from an LGPA golf hall of fame instructor and had my way paid to a different golf course everyday of the week! I got to play what ended up being five rounds of golf at some amazing courses including Championsgate, a top 25 rated golf resort in the US, alongside some great vets. It was one of the better weeks I have had in a long time and I was treated like family. I also received golf clubs, a set of special edition Calloway golf shoes designed for their organization, golf shirts, golf hats, balls, and many other items to help with my game. The president and founder of the organization personally, along with every other person I met, treated me as if I were family!
If you are ever wondering about a non profit worthy of some donations or just to spread the word, this one I can personally vouch for!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.