Birdies for the Brave supports 10 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 dedicated to empowering the families of fallen special operations warriors by ensuring a fully funded education to every child of a fallen special operations service member. From cradle to career, Special Operations Warrior Foundation funds all educational expenses including early childhood education, tutoring, educational counseling, test preparation, a college preparation course and full tuition expenses to any college technical or vocational school, public or private.
Special Operations Warrior Foundation also provides immediate financial assistance to wounded and injured special operations personnel who are hospitalized and separated from their families.
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, and their families, with immediate support for death or injuries sustained in service. Their programs address the unique needs of this dynamic community who sacrifice so much, and support falls under five main areas: Warrior and Family Support, Educational Opportunities, Tragedy Assistance and Survivor Support, Warrior Transition, and Legacy Preservation. The Navy SEAL Foundation is in the top 0.7% of all nonprofits for financial stewardship, and 95 cents of every dollar donated goes directly to programs or is reserved for future mission initiatives, including their commitment to surviving families.
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 Chesson Hadley and David Toms which provides support and programs that facilitate a smooth and successful transition for our nation’s combat wounded heroes and Gold Star families. MWSF’s programs focus on housing and homeownership, recreational activities, transportation assistance and leadership development. Through their programs, they award mortgage-free homes and payment-free vehicles to combat wounded heroes and Gold Star spouses. In addition to the home or vehicle, the families receive family and financial mentoring.
Green Beret Foundation (www.greenberetfoundation.org) is a non-profit organization supported by Bubba Watson that is dedicated to the special needs of our nation’s most elite warriors, U.S. Army Special Forces (Green Berets), by providing access to therapies not covered by the military or Veterans Administration healthcare, rehabilitation and recovery equipment, travel and lodging to and from medical treatments, funeral cost assistance not covered by the military, educational scholarships for the children and dependents of Green Berets, and transition support for life after military service including expert assistance with the preparation and appealing of VA disability claims.
United Through Reading (www.unitedthroughreading.org) is a non-profit organization supported by Rory Sabbatini and thank to United Through Reading, service members are always home. The 30-year old nonprofit is supported by Rory Sabbatini and connects military families with video recorded storytime during times of separation. Families watch the video recording and read along with the book whenever the service member is away from home, whether during deployment, overnight duty or training. The program improves morale among military families and helps with reunification while promoting literacy.
K9s For Warriors (www.k9sforwarriors.org) is a non-profit organization supported by David Duval and Bob Duval. K9s For Warriors is the nation’s largest provider of service dogs to military veterans suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), and/or military sexual trauma (MST) as a result of military service post-9/11. The service dog program is unique and offers an innovative approach to recovering from the invisible wounds of war. The majority of the dogs come from rescue shelters or are owner-surrendered, so two lives are transformed with each pairing. The veteran reduces his or her risk of suicide while the rescue dog receives a newfound purpose.
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 or partners 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 served severely injured active duty service members and veterans since 1967. Disabled Sports USA has provided sports rehabilitation programs to more than 15,000 injured veterans and family members in military medical centers and communities across the country since 2003. A member of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, Disabled Sports USA helps injured veterans rebuild their lives through sports through participation in more than 50 adaptive sports including skiing, snowboarding, cycling, climbing, track and field, watersports and golf.