Birdies for the Brave supports 11 non-profit military homefront groups that are supported by PGA TOUR players, which provide critical programs and services to meet the specialized needs of wounded veterans and military families – ranging from housing, rehabilitative services and financial aid to educational scholarships, counseling and career services.
Special Operations Warrior Foundation (www.specialops.org) is a non-profit organization supported by Phil Mickelson. For more than 30 years, SOWF has supported the families of fallen and wounded Special Operations troops by providing full college scholarships to the surviving children of fallen Special Operations personnel as well as immediate financial assistance to wounded Special Operations personnel, ensuring their loved ones can be bedside when needed most.
Homes for Our Troops (www.hfotusa.org) is a privately funded 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that builds and donates specially adapted custom homes nationwide for severely injured post – 9/11 veterans, to enable them to rebuild their lives. Most of these veterans have sustained injuries including multiple limb amputations, partial or full paralysis, and/or severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). These homes restore some of the freedom and independence our veterans sacrificed while defending our country, and enable them to focus on their families, recovery, and reintegration into the community. Since HFOT’s inception in 2004, nearly 90 cents of every dollar has gone directly to services for veterans. HFOT builds these homes where recipients choose to live, and continues its relationship with the veterans after home delivery to assist them with financial planning and ongoing needs.
Navy SEAL Foundation (www.navysealfoundation.org) is a non-profit group supported by Jerry Kelly, Vijay Singh and Frank Lickliter II dedicated to providing Navy SEALs and other members of the Naval Special Warfare community with immediate support for death or injuries sustained in service, as well as educational grants for their immediate families. It also hosts morale-boosting family events and commemorates the accomplishments of Navy SEALs by erecting monuments and memorials across the country.
Operation Homefront (www.operationhomefront.net) is a non-profit organization supported by Corey Pavin that provides emergency assistance and helps boost morale for the men and women of our U.S. Armed Forces, the families they leave behind, and to wounded heroes when they return home. Among other services, Operation Homefront provides food assistance, vision care, home and appliance repair, moving assistance and auto repair to military families coping with deployment recovery.
Military Warriors Support Foundation (www.militarywarriors.org) is a non-profit organization supported by Ted Purdy and David Toms that provides a broad spectrum of programs for returning heroes, including the donation of 100% mortgage-free homes to service members injured in combat. It also connects veterans and retired service members with jobs at top-tier companies, provides mentorship and recreational activities to soldiers and their families, and offers four-year degrees to military members transitioning back into civilian life.
Green Beret Foundation (www.greenberetfoundation.org) is a non-profit organization supported by Bubba Watson that addresses the special needs of our nation’s most elite warriors by providing rehabilitation equipment, career and educational opportunities, transportation and lodging for medical treatments, and memorial cost assistance.
United Through Reading (www.unitedthroughreading.org) is a non-profit organization supported by Rory Sabbatini dedicated to helping to strengthen the bonds of family for deployed military members by enabling parents to read books to their children via recordings. DVDs of these recordings are then shipped home for their kids to follow along. In return, a photo or e-mail capturing the child’s reaction is sent back to the service member, allowing both to enjoy a boost of morale.
K9s For Warriors (www.k9sforwarriors.org) is a non-profit organization supported by David Duval and Bob Duval that provides service dogs to wounded veterans suffering from PTSD, TBI and physical disabilities as a result of military service. K9s For Warriors trains the dogs, most of whom are rescued from shelters, and matches them with veterans – who participate in a three-week residential training program to learn how to work with their service dogs. Many psychologists are now recognize the benefits of service dogs in the treatment of PTSD and other combat-related injuries.
Feherty’s Troops First Foundation (www.troopsfirstfoundation.org) is a non-profit organization supported by Rod Pampling that works to provide meaningful assistance to military members who have been wounded while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Through several relevant and unduplicated programs along with specialized events designed for OIF/OEF combat-wounded service members and their families, Troops First addresses relationship building, mentoring, reintegration and looking forward.
Operation Shower® (www.operationshower.org) is a non-profit organization supported by Jim Furyk and Hunter Mahan that honors military families by providing joyful group baby showers for military moms-to-be whose spouses are deployed or injured, or who are active duty themselves. Operation Shower helps bring joy and support to military families by partnering with individuals and corporate donors to host showers and to give away high-quality products for mothers and babies. At the same time, showers facilitate priceless opportunities for the moms to share camaraderie with other women in the same situation.
Disabled Sports USA (www.disabledsportsusa.org) is a non-profit organization supported by Kevin Stadler that has supported severely injured military members, both active duty and veterans, since 1967. Through its Warfighter Sports Program, Disabled Sports USA provides sports rehabilitation programs to to severely injured military personnel in hospitals and communities across the U.S. A member of the U.S. Olympic Committee, Disabled Sports USA offers programming in more than 30 sports including skiing, snowboarding, cycling, climbing, track and field, watersports and golf.