TopGolf San Antonio, Valero Texas Open host Military Warriors Support Foundation


Military Warriors Support Foundation’s Skills4Life program recently attended the Valero Texas Open, Top Golf event held in San Antonio, TX. Skills4Life provides healing through the outdoors for combat wounded veterans and families, Gold Star families, active duty Purple Heart recipients, and families with hunting, fishing, and golf opportunities. At this event, twenty veterans, ten combat wounded veterans and ten veterans from the Warrior Transition Unit, were given a once in a lifetime opportunity to hang out with four touring professional golfers: Nick Watney, Robert Garrigus, Pat Perez, and Troy Merritt.   John Faulkenberry, retired Sergeant First Class in the Army, Purple Heart recipient, and Skills4Life Manager, said the best aspect of the interaction between these two separate worlds is that it gave both the veterans and the professional golfers a chance to learn about each other and realize that beneath the outward appearance, they are all “pretty normal dudes.” Both groups share a joy for golfing and were able to bond over this commonality without the focus resting on their career paths. “It was an incredible opportunity to meet touring professionals and realize how supportive they are of the military and their sacrifices.”

The experience was a testimony to the drive and will power of a wounded veteran living with an amputation. Two leg amputees attending the event used their wheelchairs as support to make some incredible swings. Amidst the fun of hitting the driving range, there was an underlying competitiveness between the professional golfers and veterans.   The PGA TOUR, USAA, and Valero Texas Open showed overflowing support for our military service members. The veterans in attendance left with new memories and stories to share about the unique bonding experience.

Shown in the picture, in order from left to right: Top Row: Marco Orihuela, John Faulkenberry, Nick Watney, James Gordon, Jake Vanhovel Bottom Row: Jose Valdenegro, and Hubert Gonzalez

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