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Bunkers in Baghdad

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: International, International, Foreign Affairs & National Security

Target demographics: troops and veterans

Direct beneficiaries per year: troops in over 1,000 units stationed around the world

Geographic areas served: Buffalo, NY and cities across the US

Programs: collecting and shipping donated golf balls and clubs to troops deployed around the world. We also supply golf equipment to Wounded Warrior and VA programs in each of the 50 states.

Community Stories

138 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Joe and his team are amazing! They helped boost morale of over 320 deployed Soldiers at Bagram Airfield by sending out golfing equipment that enabled us to create an indoor driving range. By far one of the most generous and professional support organizations I've ever seen. Thanks Joe!!! Pics coming soon!!!

-CPT Burns, Kevin
TF Shadow, 6-101

Client Served

Rating: 5

Best military charity that is working for the betterment of vets, wounded warriors and active duty military in the country today. They actually do what they say they are going to do. No bureaucratic nonsense to have to deal with- you speak directly with its President and they will take care of you. Best of the best.

Client Served

Rating: 4

Joe and Bunkers in Baghdad are another brilliant example of Great Americans going the extra mile for the men and women of our armed forces. I was surprised to arrive in Kuwait and learn that Joe had arranged to send numerous golf items to the troops stationed here. I never thought I'd be swinging a golf club during my tour here. what a great morale booster for us. I will definitely make a donation in the near future. Thanks Joe and company!

Donor

Rating: 5

What a great organization to work with!!! I called Joe and he answered the phone himself. No answering machines, no secretaries- I immediately spoke with the person that I wanted to speak with.

He was kind and gracious on the phone- thanking me for my generosity. Joe explained to me how to ship the equipment, the best/cost efficient shipping method to use, and where to ship the equipment to.

Bunkers was easy to work with, easy to donate to, and I know that my donation is being put to a good use in a timely manner. It doesn't get better than this.

Kudos to Joe and his team.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband is deployed in Afghanistan for his fourth tour. I heard about Bunkers in Baghdad from a fellow military wife who had reached out to the charity. I was surprised that they send golf equipment over with no strings attached. If you ask them- they will do it. I wish more charities were run like this without all of the red tape and lies that they come up with. Thank you for all that you do to help make my husband's life better. This is a great charity.

Justin40

Client Served

Rating: 5

Mr. Hanna and his organization has been so supportive and completely amazing from the very first email! They far surpass any expectation I originally had when I first contacted them. My unit is about to deploy and Mr. Hanna has went above and beyond to supply my unit prior to leaving. Additionally I explained to him my desire to get more individuals to pick up the game of golf and told him about a tournament I am encouraging them to join and the organization sent a prize for me to give out to one of the new Golfers! Absolutely phenomenal and amazing!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Bunkers in Baghdad for the last 3 years. It has been my pleasure to work with Joe and his team. They are always willing to listen to my ideas and give me a great deal of freedom when it comes to helping out. I have volunteered with other organizations that watch over you lIke a hawk and couldn't care less about what you thought and your ideas. I can say, seeing it first hand, that Joe and Bunkers truly cares about our troops and vets. He is a patriot and a great person. Keep up the good work.

Donna

Client Served

Rating: 5

As someone who served this nation for 15+ years and has been deployed 6 times overseas- I have seen the best and worst of people's intentions when supporting the military. This organization is absolutely amongst the best of the best at the end of the day. "Ask and you shall receive." Bunkers fulfilled my request to provide a net, turf, clubs and balls for my unit. It didn't take a month or a week- within 24 hours- I had a tracking number and was ready to go. God Bless you and God bless America. Keep up the great work. We need it.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am deployed in the Gulf serving our United States Navy... we reached out to Bunkers in Baghdad and they have gone above and beyond our request and have sent us thousands of golf balls and a number of sets of clubs to use. We appreciate all that they do for all service members around the world.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a deployed Soldier, Bunkers In Baghdad was a awesome help. We reached out to one of their volunteers who was deployed with us, and he was able to get clubs, balls and a net sent to us. It was a great way for our guys to decompress and have some fun at the same time.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a US Marine stationed in Afghanistan. Several weeks ago, a friend from home saw Bunkers in Baghdad on Twitter and recommended that I reach out to the charity. I had nothing to lose. I sent Joe Hanna, its President, an email and within 5 hours, he responded to me and was ready to send golf equipment our way. It was absolutely amazing- like Christmas all over again. The packages kept coming and coming... at the end of the day, we received a couple thousand golf balls and a number of sets. It was absolutely fantastic... Bunkers in Baghdad helped improve our morale and attitudes immensely. I cannot stress this enough- this charity said it was going to do something and it delivered (very quickly I might add). Please support their efforts- they are the best of the best.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a commander in Afghanistan and run a medical hospital. Part of what we have to do is be near the hospital at all times in order to decrease the response time it takes to get to the hospital when casualties arrive for treatment. when I found out about bunkers in Baghdad I was so excited. They shipped us golf clubs and a lot of golf balls! it was here extremely fast and how we can hang a net up and practice our swing! It is very exciting since we are going to miss out on golf season this year since we will be here for 9 months straight. This is a fantastic program and I just want to say thank you very much for your support. It truly means the world to us over here. It is a great feeling to know that we are not forgotten by our fellow Americans while we are deployed and away from our families.

Thomas43

Client Served

Rating: 5

Golf was recommended to help as therapy. Thank you Bunkers for helping out. Brothers and Sisters under one Flag. thank you!!!!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Bunkers in Baghdad is an amazing charity. Not only did they send us some golf clubs and balls, they sent them rapidly. My Platoon is currently deployed in Afghanistan right now and they are very happy for the support from this company. Again I cannot thank this organization enough for sending their support all the way to Afghanistan and helping to keep Soldier's spirits and morale high.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am currently deployed to Afghanistan for my sixth rotation. During my rotations to combat I have seen few things that have lifted the spirits of soldiers as much as the support from Bunkers in Baghdad has. The organization has helped not only myself, but many of my brethren as a release to the stress involved with a deployment. Having a way to connect with something that you love from back home is awesome and the support provided by the organization is second to none. The amazing support that the donors provide, is nothing less than miraculous. Having soldiers deployed and away from their families is a hard task, but having a glimpse of the real world through a sport that one loves keeps a little bit of home right next to you.

Thanks so much,

Chris

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The work that Joe and all of the people that work at Bunkers in Baghdad really do make a huge difference in the morale of the service members deployed protecting our country. When service members receive items such as what Bunkers in Baghdad send out, it really makes us feel good knowing that someone back home cares. It reminds us what we are fighting for. Joe and Bunkers in Baghdad really exemplify the American spirit.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a Retired ARMY Wounded WARRIOR. I called on a tip from my AW2 Representative about the Bunkers in Baghdad program. These folks where awesome. Within three days i had a set of golf clubs and several boxes of golf balls on my doorstep. I am not sure how well i am going to be able to swing these and stay on my feet, but because of charities like this it makes me want to get out there and fall over and over if need be. Thank so much to Mr. Hanna and everyone at Bunkers In Baghdad. And thanks for not sending me a sand wedge, if i hit a ball there it can stay there.

NITRO WARRIOR
DALEVILLE AL

Client Served

Rating: 5

What an outstanding charity! Joe and his team have been so kind and generous. When we are away from home and our families- we struggle a great deal. However, through Bunkers' support and giving- we feel like people are not forgetting about us. One would never think that golf balls and golf clubs could mean so much to a military unit. Guess again! The recreational aspect that stems from the clubs is immense. Even more important is the opportunity to spend time with each other and get to know your unit members better as well. Bunkers is truly a life changing charity and I cannot thank them enough for that they do for the Marines, our Armed Forces and the United States. God Bless You.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I contacted Mr. Hanna at Bunkers in Baghdad and asked for help replenishing a worn out driving range on Camp Arijan in Kuwait. Within 2 days I got an email back. 2 weeks later I received a variety of Loud Mouth Golf Pants, golf hats, balls, and a dozen clubs. Talk about a MORALE BOOST. I can't even get family members to send stuff to me this fast. Thanks Joe!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'm a retired veteran, with multiple tours in Iraq. I am currently deploying at Kandahar, Afghanistan on my second tour as a Department of the Army (DA) Civilian supporting our troops. In previous tours we always seem to find golf equipment that were there before we got there. I know some generous organization have donated them for our troops. Unfortunately, this time around our previous predecessors did not have any golf equipment. So I google organizations online that would support our troops. I must have submitted the same request to ten different organizations, but only one answer the call with the equipment to support the troops, "BUNKERSINBAGHDAD".

I send the same request to Nike, Callaway, Titleist, Bridgestone, Taylor Made, and even the Golf Channel. Callaway responded back that I need a memo sign by the commanding officer. I responded back, "Thanks, but no thanks." You need to learn from Joseph M. Hanna on how to support the troops. It should come from the heart, not trying to justify how you spent your money. Shame on you.

So, I hope "BunkersinBaghdad" wins the 2014 Top-Rated Award. If any organization deserving such an award, it would be most definitely, "BunkersinBaghdad". Joe Hanna's organization does not need a sign memo from anyone. They just need a simple email request from the troops.

Joe, thank you for all that you do in supporting the troops. You brought golf to the troops, when the troops can't go to the golf course.

Thank you again
Nik Leoso

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization is truly among the best. Being stationed overseas makes it extremely difficult to get items shipped from the states. My squadron and I reached out and with the utmost respect, Bunkers in Baghdad helped us out and donated good balls and clubs for us to work out the stresses of work. Our hats are off to this amazing non-profit organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We recieved a shipment of clubs and balls here in afghanistan and are excited to use them. All around this organization is absolutely professional and patriotic. It is great that there are people that support Troops like this. It has been a pleasure working with this organization and will recomend it to people in the future!

Richard86

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is an outstanding organization ran by true Patriots. Thanks so much for all your support of our Veterans and Wounded Warrior both here and abroad, you are absolutely making a difference.

v/r
Richard Schroeder

Advisor

Rating: 5

I am a Non Medical Care Manager who deals directly with Wounded Warriors. My shipmates have injuries on many different levels and the best medicine for them is getting back to normal activities. Joe helped me, help an injured sailor by getting him back out on the golf course and back to enjoying his life. Thank you for what you all do.

Anthony45

Client Served

Rating: 5

Mr. Hanna was and his organization were gracious in sending us a donation of golf balls, clubs and a couple of hats. It brought great joy to my soldiers and I knowing that we have people out there that care enought to send items like this to help unwind and have taste of home. We want to give thanks to you and your organization and everyone that donated as well. A big thanks from Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Brad19

Client Served

Rating: 5

Mr. Hanna was gracious in sending us a donation of golf balls, clubs a chipping net and a some apparel. Having the ability to chip golf balls provides a taste of home and is a great way to relieve some deployment stress. We would also like to say thanks to the generous donors who keep this program alive and well.

Client Served

Rating: 5

There are so many orginzations out there that help members of the military serving overseas and on combat deployments with items that help them get through their deployments. i.e. tooth bushes, deoderant, blankets, heat pads, and so on. Bunkers in Baghdad helps on a much more high level MORALE. Morale is what keeps the military member driving forward and this orginization has provided just that. I am greatful that I was intorduced to this orginization and hope its continues to suppport America's deployed military members.

Lindsey E.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I reached out to Bunkers in Baghdad regarding a friend serving overseas in Afghanistan. I've never worked with a nonprofit organization before so honestly didn't think I would get a response. The same day the founder of Bunkers replied to my email and was happy to help. He more than exceeded all of my expectations and a package has already been sent out! I highly recommend and will encourage others to support Joe and his amazing organization. Thank you, Joe!!

SFC_V

Client Served

Rating: 5

Actions speak louder than words. Bunkers in Baghdad actions speak for themselves. I am currently deployed to Afghanistan and became aware of this organization. I reached out to them and merely asked via email if it was possible to get a couple of golf clubs sent over to me. Joe Hanna personally responded to that email and within 3 weeks, a package arrived with several golf clubs. Joe only asked that the clubs be shared with other soldiers and I'm only too happy to do that. If you're reading this, please be aware the Bunkers in Baghdad has been doing this and taking care of military members for years. I will honestly say that their efforts, at the least, bring moments of diversion and pleasure in an environment where it means a lot. It is not a pleasant place over here, but what we're doing is worthwhile. Being able to hit a few golf balls when we can manage the time provides a touch of America. Believe me, knowing that people like Joe Hanna and the people who are part of, and contribute to, his organization care about us, and are willing to do something to make our lives a little better while we are deployed, helps us get through all the sacrifices and hardships that military members endure. A sincere and heartfelt thank you to Joe Hanna and everyone associated with Bunkers in Baghdad in any capacity. As I started this with, your actions speak louder than a lot of words. SFC Carl VonHinken

Client Served

Rating: 5

Unbelievable. That is really all that can be said about this organization. I wrote them since I am a disabled veteran and it is hard to pay for/play golf anymore due to my injuries. After different family tragedies and other things, I am unable to play due to the stiffness of my clubs....until Joe with Bunkers for Baghdad came through for me. Seriously unbelievable and amazing. Thank you so much!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm currently in Afghanistan and just received a large package from Bunkers in Baghdad. 6 clubs (left and right handed) 2 bags of balls and a driving net! We set up immediately and had a great time taking a break from the war. Thank you for supporting the troops. Service was outstanding!

Joe_47

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a great organization! I can't tell you how much donations like this mean to us down range. Truely an enjoyable escape to drive some balls after a long day!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I heard bout Bunkers in Baghdad through a friend of a friend while deployed to southern Afghanistan. The support and genuine care they showed towards me and my unit surpassed all my expectations. They were easy to work with, answered all my questions and emails within a 24/ 48-hour period and went above and beyond to fulfill our request. Excellent customer care and excellent organization all around Could not be happier with the support that they have given me and my unit.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm Active Duty Army on my third deployment in Afghanistan. I wrote Bunkers In Baghdad not knowing what to expect. The company responded with genuine care and concern. From my experience, this company truly cares about deployed soldiers. No gimmicks, no requirements, and no cost. They sent me two golf clubs of better quality than I have ever owned. Thank you.

Stephen34

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a civilian liason for a Warrior in Transition Battalion is very supportive of our efforts.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I wrote the company not sure what to expect and their response was amazing. Genuine company who cares tremendously for service members. After all these years to know we still have the support of America, and great companies out there trying to ensure we have the comforts of home is amazing!!! A++++++ Thank you from the bottom of my heart!