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Fairways for Warriors Inc.

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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

168 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 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. .

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Fairways for Warriors has given me the opportunity to bond with fellow vets that have experienced similar situations in life and knows what I am talking about. The organization has bent over backwards to ensure local participation in golfing events and social events. Five star non-profit all the way.

Dale

Edwin R. M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been a member of Fairways for Warriors since March 2015, and enjoy the fellowship and camaraderie of Veterans in a dynamic and physically active setting. As Chair, of the Orange County Mayor's Veterans Advisory Council I lead 28 different Veterans Services Organizations. We find that FFW is the most active VSO that involves the Veterans and their families in all scheduled events. We appreciate the donations and contributions of those that proudly support FFW in its noble mission. Edwin R. Marrero, Colonel, US Army, Retired.

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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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Fernando Rivas B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been a member over 1yr and they
Help as much as they can.
I do recommend this for all veterans, even if just to volunteer.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

been a member for 2 years and this group is outstanding and motivating to its veterans.

Travis T.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been with this organization for over 2 years now and it has dramatically changed my life.
Before I joined, I was heavily medicated to combat my PTSD AND depression.
I used to take over 16 different medications to deal with pain, otsd, depression, anxiety, and other non-said illnesses. I felt depressed and didn't even want to go anywhere..not even to work.
One day I went golfing and saw a business card on the billboard inside the club house and fig..why not and give them a call and see what this was all about.
Stephen Escobedo with the San Antonio chapter immediately got me involved and I attended my first clinic.
The comrodre and support that was shown just on my first initial visit was unprofoundly the brotherhood that I so longed for.
I felt alone and depressed and worthless until I got with the Fairways chapter in San Antonio.
As of today, I only take 4 meds a day.
Mostly to deal with chronic pain, GERD, and other things.
I still struggle with my demons and I is e outreach programs such as fairways for warriors to aide in healing.
I look forward to every meeting we have and cannot wait to hang out with my fellow brothers and sisters.
In short, I seriously cannot thank you enough for the generous support we receive and the gracious generosity by our sponsors!
It is with a heart felt thanks that can never be said enough that I appreciate what this organization has done and the love and support from all of our fellow veterans and sponsors and volunteers.
Thank you !!
Semper Fidelis
Sincerely
Travis Taylor
Sgt USMC RET.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a disabled combat veteran who has benefited from the generosity of Fairways for Warriors. They not only provide therapeutic ways to relieve stress by providing free of charge golf clinics, they bring veterans together. They provide us with a different approach than many veteran's organizations. I love the fact that I never felt like I didn't belong, as I have with other organizations. I felt like one of the fold since the first day!!!

JavyNory

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great organization that help wounded veterans like me to cope with the injuries playing golf. Good help and support is provided from all the members and staff of this organization. I really love it. The best part is the camaraderie between the vets.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a great non-profit organization that help the wounded veterans like me to cope with PTSD, TBI and other physical , internal and mental injuries, the help that they provide and the services are excellent I'm retired since April 2015 and since that I'm proud to said that I'm part of a great organization that take care and help the veterans, Fairways For Warriors is awesome and I recommend it to the veterans. Thru golf I found that internal peace.

Chris G.4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Fairways for Warriors has been an integral part of my post injury life. Not only did they teach me the game of golf, they have provided me with a tremendous support system and network of fellow veterans that goes way beyond the game of golf.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Fairways for Warriors fulfills two things that I need in life. First, military camaraderie, delivered through golf, helps me stay connected to the military and to other veterans. When I leave a practice session, I am revived/motivated and feel like I can take on the rest of the month. Next, Fairways for Warriors provides me the opportunity to play a game that requires concentration, to the point of a meditative state. Because I deal with PTSD and TBI on a daily basis, playing golf has afforded me the opportunity to silence my mind, even for just a little bit. Participating with Fairways for Warriors has helped me out tremendously; I am truly indebted to the hard work they do each week.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I first heard about what the offer veterans, I was so impressed...then, when I joined and saw for myself, how much more the give I was dumbfounded. Top notch, compassionate people, with a top notch organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an LPGA/PGA golf professional it has been my honor to work with these great men and women who have served our country. I have learned so much of how golf has been the saving outlet in combating the seen and unseen injuries. All of the Fairway for Warriors have been so welcoming and make me feel a great part of this family. Thank you to all my Fairway for Warriors friends!

Juan  Castillo

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Fairways for Warriors is one of the best non profit organization for veterans, not only provide facilities to learn and practice golf but also connect veterans with different organizations that improve the quality of life of disabled veterans like me.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was so nervous leaving after leaving the military. I was moving back home to an area I hadn’t been to in years. Not having any friends and some family in the area I didn’t know what was going to await me. I was previously apart of a golf program in the DC area but wasn’t aware of anything in this area, that is until a visit with the doctor and she was telling me about some of the programs in the area and Fairways for Warriors was the one that stood out the most. After waiting for a year I got up enough will power to go out on an outing with them. I am glad that I did. Everyone that I have met through them have been nothing short of amazing. They are more than just golf as well. They do an amazing job of helping others. The entire organization from top to bottom is without a doubt one of the best out there.

Client Served

Rating: 4

Fairways for Warriors is a great organization, Though the San Antonio chapter is small each event is growing with new warriors every month. It is truely what I look forward to every month, by being able to go out and enjoy the comradery of the people and tranquility of the environment around me and the great time we have out doors verse being cooped up indoors.

1 Carlos R.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was told about the program from another veteran, thank you for what you do for us and my battle buddies.

Donor

Rating: 5

Great charity doing great work. A pleasure to work with them. WIth help from the local community (golf courses) they are giving veterans time to heal their seen and unseen wounds giving in service to this country- The United States of America.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've never participated yet, I'm still trying to recover from surgeries. I do however recieve feedback and have that open invite each and every day to come out and play a round. Being local, I have the chance to meet up with any number of veterans thanks to these folks.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing Organization providing recreational therapy for veterans using the sport of Golf. Member participation is very active. Organization performs numerous community support activities engaging veterans with the civilian population. Organization promotes family members participation during events which is great to re-enforce family oriented support.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fairways for Warriors is a true friend of veterans! They consistently provide events and golf instruction to veterans and family members on a regular basis. They supply equipment, facilities and fellowship without hesitation. They are always welcoming and quick to provide a positive helping hand. As a disabled veteran it is comforting to have an organization like Fairways to help and support from. It is great to see such true servants who aren't out there looking to use veterans for personal benefit. This is a great organization that is worthy of praise. Thank you all, David T.

Albert H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Fairways for warriors is an organization that brings the veteran back to the family it has been looking for. As a member of this great organization not only do I get to play golf, but I get the chance to be around my fellow veterans who suffer as much or more than I, but they incorporate your home families as well. That is where you get the biggest thrill from an organization such as this... you get to bring both families together to help the veteran heal.