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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

Mark121

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is an outstanding organization that really brings joy to soldiers that are deployed around the world. My personal experience is quite simple, I asked if they could send us some clubs, and the sent that and more...and within a little more than a week. Joe is the best, and goes out of his way to even give up his own personal things to make sure we have something use on the range. It means alot and we all appreciate this organization. Always First!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I’ve been deployed to several different locations outside our beautiful country. When I’m asked why I do it, I simple reply to those that ask; I do it for you, and those that support and defend our country. I arrived in Afghanistan about a month ago. I immediately started looking for ways to better the morale of my troops. I was told by some friends about Bunkers in Baghdad and sent Mr. Joe an email requesting some used golf clubs so my troops could work on their swing during their off time. I was amazed when I received his email so quickly. Due to the time difference, Mr. Joe must have answered his email from his home or from a late night at work. Another thing that amazed me, was that he must have been already thinking about what I thinking about, because when I sent him another email asking for someone that could possible donate a driving net, he said, “Good news- we are shipping your clubs, net, tees and balls today” as if he already knew of our limited space and the need for additional items other than clubs and balls. We received the equipment, and once again, I was amazed on what I found in the box. Mr. Joe even thought about the rubber driving range tees and thru a few in the box with what must have been 6 clubs and 50 balls. Now once I get some outdoor turf, and some plywood, I can start building the tee box I need to finish up the moral project. Thanks to Mr. Joe and Bunkers in Baghdad, we can add a bit of home to even some of the worse places on God’s green earth.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I would like to take a moment to commend Bunkers in Baghdad for their fine work dedicated to our brave service men and women. My brother is currently serving in the US Army and is in the middle of a year-long deployment at Camp Buehring in Kuwait. After making a request, Bunkers in Baghdad shipped a variety of golf supplies to my brother's base for both his and fellow service members' enjoyment. The packages arrived promptly and were immediately put to good use by many of the troops. The work of Bunkers in Baghdad is valuable to our troops stationed around the world and I am very grateful for their continued support!

John Farley

Aaron31

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a Medically Retired US ARMY Infantry Veteran I have been retired since 2009 and had lost my right leg below the knee when I was hit by a roadside bomb (IED) in Iraq and other serious injuries which had stopped me from being able to play a lot of sports I used to play, but golf is one of the only sports I can still play and have been really getting involved in playing it since I retired and haven't had the money to buy new clubs, I told my story to Joe at Bunkers in Baghdad and he had sent me a club and some balls to help me out on getting more involved and better at my gold game, it took them leas then three days to send me the equipment and they were very quick to get back to me and help me out.
This is one of the greatest and friendliest organizations I have had the opportunity to get help from and they mean the world to me and have boosted my moral and helped me out with stress and depression by just sending me golf clubs and ball's... Once again I want to thank them for everything they have done for us wounded warriors and men and women my brother and sisters overseas.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am writing about the the Bunkers in Baghdad organization. This group has been providing golf balls and clubs to military in Iraq and Afghanistan for many years, giving our courageous men and women a chance to release some of their stress and receive something valuable from back Home, The U. S. A. My son has recently been deployed , for the third time, and will be receiving these gifts very shortly, due to the fine work of Joe Hanna, a former student of mine , and the "Bunkers in Baghdad" program. My God Bless our military men and women and the awesome folks at the "Bunkers" program.
Sincerely, Jeff Gemmer

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm currently deployed to South West Asia for six months. As you may know there is little to do here for entertainment other than the gym and watching old movies. The I heard about Bunkers in Bagdad an I sent off an email to ask about donations. Within 2 weeks I received an nice set of clubs and plenty of golf balls to slap all over the desert. There are 18 guys in my small section and we have a blast. This is more than a donation of just golf clubs it a much needed lift to our morale and helps relieve the stress of not being home with friends and family. Thanks again.

Jesse12

Client Served

Rating: 5

My unit is deployed in Afghanistan, and are options for our free time include going to the gym and the DFAC until Bunkers in Baghdad gave us some balls and clubs. Now we regularly have competitions seeing who can hit it over the mountains, and laughing at each others swing and miss attempts. The equipment has proven to be a morale booster in a big way and given our guys a few moments of reprise from the daily grind.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am an Active Duty Soldier stationed overseas and I am on my 4th tour. Bunkers In Baghdad has really come through in a big way. I was just about at wits end with boredom in my limited free time and my stress levels were throu8gh the roof. I contacted Joe and he responded in a timely manner. This program is a God send as Golf is the only thing I can constructively do to relieve stress and forget about where I am at and what I'm doing. I contacted multiple Golf equipment companies and they gave me the standard "we support our troops but we can't support our troops" spiel. Joe didn't. He was more than helpful and I cannot thank him enough and neither can my troops lol. Im a much happier person. this organization is classy and by far the best I've dealt with in over 12 years in Service.

Garykathy S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am an active duty soldier currently working with the Warrior Transition Battalion, I found this program and when I spoke to Joe he was more than accomodating. This program is such an amazing opportunity for the soldiers to enjoy the game of golf. As a cadre at the WTB we have actually started a golf program to assist in the healing of our wounded soldiers, this has become a great success and we are planning on growing the program as much as we can. I have been working hard to grow the program because I know that it works. I have been diagnosed with PTSD due to my deployments and no matter what is going on in my life or at my job when I am out there on the golf course I am free, free from stress free from danger and free from all the turmoil that my past deployments have caused me. I am so thankful for Joe and Bunkers in Baghdad for there help and generosity. Please keep up the tradition and continue to save lives, Thank you Joe and Bunkers in Baghdad.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am Active Duty Army and work around a lot of Wounded Warriors. I have deployed numerous times and love the sport of Golf. I received some golf clubs in Iraq on one of my deployments and thought about how awesome it was. Looking for a way to give back and share the sport of golf, I found out about bunkers by chance when i was contacting Callaway Golf.
Joe Hannah and his crew have been awesome. they have donated balls and clubs. He has been great and very helpful.
Please share with others and give to this wonderful organization.

Bryan F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I came across Bunkers in Baghdad a few years ago when I attempted to start a golf business. We were looking to partner with the group and help raise money for the organization. Right away I was impressed by Joe Hanna's professionalism and the passion he had for Bunkers. Although we never became business partners I have continued to watch Bunkers in Baghdad grow into what it has become today. My brother is a Captain in the Army in Rochester, New York and has served two tours in Afghanistan. Joe provided my brothers unit with golf equipment on his last tour. This small gesture went a long way in helping my brother's men deal with the hardship of being away from home. They all appreciated the work that Bunkers in Baghdad has done in order to make their lives a little better.

Bunkers in Baghdad provides a great service for our armed forces and Joe Hanna's passion has grown this non-profit into a professional organization. I hope people and the golfing community continue to support them.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can't put into words how much this organization means to me. I am active duty Army on my second tour in three years which has become the norm of our Armed Services over the past decade. I became aware of Bunkers in Baghdad my last deployment by chance from my Mom who has worked with Mr. Hanna. The rest is history as they say. The stress of deployment is carried back to the home front post deployment however I honestly believe through the generous donations of Bunkers In Baghdad a lot of our soldiers were able to release stress before they came back. I can't thank Mr. Hanna and his organization enough.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am an active duty Marine stationed overseas. I heard about this orginization from a friend so I wrote a letter requesting some equipment to help relieve some stress, and provide a positive outlet for the guys when we have some down time. Joe wrote me back promptlly, and had our stuff in the mail withen a few days. Now my Marines have a new hobby that they really enjoy.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a member of the Army Professional. I heard about Bunkers in Baghdad through another member of the organization. I was pleasantly surprised at how soon Mr. Hanna replied to my email and therefore, my request. It was not soon after that, that we received the requested donation from Mr. Hanna's team. So many organizations speak of giving back and supporting the military but, often than none, it never comes to fruition. Bunkers in Baghdad is a credible organization and has earned the respect of myself and peers alike. In combat, Soldiers go through very emotional and stressful times; when organizations as Bunkers in Baghdad reach out and support the troops in order to bring a little joy and happiness; that little spark of joy and happiness does make a difference and it is sincerely appreciated. Lastly, from the team here in Afghanistan; thank you Bunkers for supporting our american fighting men and women. GOD BLESS!

Sincerely,

Sergeant Major

Client Served

Rating: 5

Soldiers serving in Afghanistan main purpose is to fight and win Americas wars. This leaves little time for recreational events nor do we have the equipment to conduct recreational events. We reached out to Joe at Bunkers In Baghdad and him and his team provided us with some much needed recreational equipment. The impact of their donation to the Soldiers is immeasurable and have brought much stress relief and joy to the Soldiers. Thanks Bunkers In Baghdad for all that you do for the Soldiers, we greatly appreciate your staff and your donation.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Being a service member serving overseas we do not have much access to recreational outlets so having an organization like Bunkers in Baghdad that is willing to acquire and ship new and gently used golf clubs is a huge morale boost. Mr. Hanna was extremely cordial and very willing to accommodate my unit; now we're able to leave our MWR department with better equipment than what they had when we arrived and we will be able to outfit many more Soldiers with clubs while we're here.

This is a great organization and we really appreciate the support for the Troops!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hands down the best orgainization I have ever been involved with. Joe and his volunteers have no only helped myself with some serious morale boost but also some of the other Forward operating bases with clubs, balls, and mats. Being able to to forget about all the craziness of being at War makes us truly blessed by these great americans. Thank you again and help keep this great organization going by donating.

Brian Gale

Client Served

Rating: 5

Awesome program. We had started a camp with very litle MWR activities. The equipment that we recieved from Bunkers in Baghdad definitely helped morale out.

Client Served

Rating: 4

Bunkers in Baghdad was instrumental in getting our unit started with a mentor program overseas to get more Soldiers interested. With BIB assistance, we got more people playing and outfitted the majority to play at a local course in Kuwait City. Thanks to Joe and the team at BIB for their help.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization has been a true blessing to our Soldiers in Afghanistan. With very little free time, and even less free space, Bunkers in Baghdad truly came through for the finest sons and daughters of the United States. Our Soldiers have spent countless hours utilizing these golf clubs while learning the ins-and-outs of the game. Thank you again BiB!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great organization. I appreciate their support with helping out the teams currently deployed in Afghanistan. We had a couple members on the team that are avid golf enthusiasts so we needed some clubs in order to practice while we were deployed. The clubs and balls helped relieve stress and I was able to practice my swing. I appreciate the immediate feedback given by the organization. Thank you very much for supporting the troops.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a Major stationed in a NATO headquarters in Kabul serving a year tour. I had resigned myself to a full year with no golf to be had aside from my indoor putter set up. A friend also stationed over here recommended Bunkers in Baghdad and a short email and few weeks later I am able to share my love of golf with our coalition partners here in the Green Zone. It has definitely served to build strong relationships with our allies here, united in our mission and in our mutual love of golf! Great organization and we appreciate the support!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was an avid golfer until I came home from my last deployment hurt. After Shoulder; Knee Surgery and lower Back issues I was unable to swing my X-Stiff custom Golf Clubs. Bunkers in Baghdad sent me a full set of regular shafted clubs so I could get back out and try to play some golf. I haven't been able to get through 18 holes yet but will stay after it until I do. I cannot thank the guys enough for giving me the oppertunity to get back out and do something I love. Joe sent me several emails and not only gave me golf clubs and balls but thanked me for my service every time we spoke. Great people doing Gods work as far as I'm concerned.

Casey10

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am an active duty Marine that had the pleasure of benig invited to one of the Golf tournaments that the charity holds. At this tournament I was treated as a hero when the true heroes are those that donate and help keep this organization going. I had never golfed before and was quite nervous to be among professionals but the people that make this organization successful are kind, generous and amazing people. I have since gone back to the tournament and had a wonderful time. The President Joe and his charity is a gift to service members for what he has done. Golf is such an amazing sport that not only beginers can enjoy but also for the most serious golfers and service members can benefit from this sport when overseas as well. Thank you for what you do and for all of you who donate to keep this charity going.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am an active duty Marine stationed in WNY; I was introduced to Bunkers in Baghdad through an invitation to golf in their annual charity golf tournament. I was extremely pleased with the overwelming support the local community has for a home grown charity with arms that reaches service members in every clime and place. My unit was fortunate enough to recieve several golf sets from Bunkers in Baghdad for Marines and thier families to enjoy a great round of golf and not have to endure the expense of purchasing golf clubs. More impressive is the fact that my fellow Marines who are forward deployed gets the opportunity to relieve some stress by the generous donations of this charity and all those who supports it.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fantastic organization that is truly making a difference in the lives of our Service members around the globe, as well as our wounded in recovery. While in Iraq, my unit received clubs, balls, and turf. The unit created a driving range allowing Soldiers to hit balls following patrols and blow off steam. A great morale booster! Seeing the Bunkers' boxes arrive in the mail represented a little slice of home and was a great reminder of America's generosity.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Bunkers in Baghdad got me and my unit a set of clubs really fast! We were very satisfied with the quality of the clubs and the timeliness of getting them. BIG is a great organization for us out here in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I really love Bunkers in Baghdad for what they're doing for all service members world-wide. Joe donated a very nice Callaway golf bag to Navy Supply Corps Foundation Japan Chapter for their Fall 2013 Golf Tournament on NAF Atsugi, Japan (U.S. Navy base). Thank you.

Note: For more information about NSCF-J - please refer to https://www.usnscf.com/programs/scholarships.aspx

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a fantastic organization that does so much for troops deployed. My team and I found ourselves on a small base with no real stress outlet until we stumbled upon Bunkers in Baghdad. With in two weeks of our request for some help, there was a package with great clubs and a ton of balls. Now we spend our evenings swinging away and having a blast. Best stress relief ever! Thanks guys!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I requested golfing equipment for two different soldiers in Afghanistan and Joe came through with flying colors. Both were thrilled to receive it and report that it was a big boost to moral among their troops. I cant thank him enough. Wonderful organization!!

James95

Donor

Rating: 5

After hearing about this charity, I knew I had to donate. It's such a great and unique idea. I love golfing and never know what to do with my equipment when I get new stuff. Now, I know I can send a little be of home to our troops over seas!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a Captain in the United States Marines. I was fortunate enough to receive more than a thousand golf balls and 2 large boxes of golf clubs, nets and turf from this great charity. While I was in Iraq- morale was at an all-time low. However- hitting golf balls gave us the opportunity to get our minds off of things; enjoy each other's company; and just have a good time (not to mention working on getting rid of that terrible slice I have). I highly recommend this charity. It has played a very important role in the lives of thousands of Marines, soldiers, airmen and sailors throughout the world. Keep up the great work.

Review from Guidestar