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Fairways for Warriors Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

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

183 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3 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. .

Joe R.5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

FFW just wants to help. Tom and these guys go above and beyond to make everyone feel welcomed and important. They go out of there way to show they care, and they use the game of golf to bring us all together. All they ask in return is for everyone to have fun! Appreciate everything they do!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

FFW a great organization that not only helps me the vet, they also incorporate my family in the process. The San Antonio team is awesome and I enjoy the camaraderie, good times.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fairways For Warriorsis an awesome organization. It is so much more than a place to play golf. It is a Christian family environment. Everyone is welcome regardless of their golf skills. They have the latest indoor golf equipment to learn practice and play. They help with counseling, bible studies and fun outings for all.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’m a 72 yr old Army Veteran. I’m with the growing San Antonio Fairways for Warriors Chapter. I’m very involved with the golf activities. Membership is free and all golfing clinics are free. I enjoy the friendships I’m building with other veterans. Family participation is strongly encouraged

Scott S.10

Client Served

Rating: 5

Before I was introduced to Fairways For Warriors, I went out of my way to stay inside. I usually don’t have a positive interaction with anybody in the general public. When I was invited out to play, it got me off the couch, out into the sunshine with people just like me. Now that I’m playing golf, my kids are interested in playing, and it opened up a new door for me to spend more time outside with my kids. I love this organization and what they do for us.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fairway for Warriors has helped me get out of the house and provided comradeship with fellow Warriors through golf. This organization provides more than golf for every member. Thanks to those who help make it successful.

Client Served

Rating: 5

An amazing organization helping vets of all backgrounds find enjoyment and purpose . The dedicated organization staff work tirelessly on behalf of vets to find community opportunities that benefit all. Thank you staff and donors who make this happen!

1 Carlos R.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great Nonprofit Organization, last year we had some financial around Christmas time do to a family member getting sick, Fairways For Warriors safe our Christmas with gifts for my kids. I will always be grateful for everything you have done for my family and I. Thank you so much you guys are the best.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

2 Isaac D Brown I.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Every experience that I have had in mynearing four years of expsure and experience vis the San Antonio Chapter. Quality with sincere concern and genuine compassion. Family friendly and helping grow a sport that I love. I have worked for and with many Non Prophet Organizations and founded and cofounded others. I rate this one in the 5 of 5☆ ratings.

1 Alan W.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The camaraderie amd help has been such a bright spot in my life. I never golfed before I was invited to join and never shared with anyone my experiences, so I felt alone in my situation, but thanks to Fairways I always feel welcome and it helps me in my life more than just hitting a little white ball around. I can't thank them enough for all they have done for me and my family.

1 Brian C.4

Donor

Rating: 5

I’ve had the honor to host a group of Fairways for Warriors veterans on two Heroes to Ireland golf trips in 2015 and 2017. They represented their organization, their service branches and their country in the finest tradition and were especially complimentary about the support programs provided by Fairways for Warriors. Tom Underdown and the other mentors and staff at FFW have done a wonderful job for veterans since its inception.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

24 year Navy bet suffering from PTSD and TBI. Fairways has provided me an avenue to get better and meet people who have similar stories. The connections made help with feeling better and being more productive in my life.

Client Served

Rating: 5

After getting out of the Army after 2 deployments, I had a distrust of most nonprofits that worked with veterans.
Last year I came across Fairways for Warriors and was immediately drawn to their holistic aproach to veteran wellness. They earned my trust and it didn’t take long for me to join and become involved.
Fairways for Warriors is a great organization and I know they care about me and my family!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Tom Underdown and the team at FFW are truly amazing people. When I needed it most, Tom took his time to work with me and get involved in a way that I can only describe as unbelievable. Tom truly cares, as do the rest of the team at FFW. I endorse this organization with no reservation. I have attended events with them, including golf outings and a hockey game. Families are welcome, and this organization has done more for me than I could possibly put into words. If you know a combat vet who needs a community, this is the place for them!

Brett H.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fairways has played a vital role in my recovery. I have been with them for about 2 months. Within this time, they have helped me receive absolutely essential therapy that has changed mine and my families lives. I can't say enough about the support and brotherhood I encounter with FFW. I pray we continue to grow and touch more brothers and sister's lives as they have touched mine.

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.