We provide golf equipment, instruction, and outings for combat wounded warriors and their families. Our regular golf clinics provide a way for warriors to learn and enjoy the sport. We also hold tournaments that give these veteran athletes the ability to participate in healthy competition and camaraderie.
Fairways for Warriors has given these brave men and women the opportunity to heal from their most significant injuries – the injuries that we can’t see such as: depression, post-traumatic stress, and traumatic brain injury. Wounded warriors experience a sense of support and community again.
Warriors can’t heal alone, so Fairways for Warriors events and support community is open to the families of wounded warriors as well. We provide golf equipment, instruction, and outings to wounded warriors and all their family members who wish to participate in the spirit of fun and healing.
Fairways for Warriors founder Thomas Underdown recently returned from Dallas, where he was supporting Sergeant Juan Velazquez, who participated in the President George W. Bush Warrior Open Golf Tournament which was held there last week. It was an exciting time, as evidenced by these photos of Tom posing with the former President and First Lady. Hopefully we will have more photos and reports to come about this event in coming days. A hearty salute to all who... read more
Sergeant Juan Velazquez, a member of the Orlando Chapter of Fairways for Warriors, is one of 25 warriors selected nationwide to compete in the President George W. Bush Warrior Open Golf Tournament. This competitive 36-hole golf tournament for United States military personnel seriously wounded or injured since September 11, 2001. The Warrior Open honors the service, sacrifice, and resilience of our veterans and military families. The tournament takes place on September 29-30, 2015 at Las Colinas Country Club in the Dallas area. Read more about Sergeant Juan Velazquez and the other new participants. Read more about the... read more
Fairways for Warriors is honored to announce that the Disabled Veterans National Foundation awarded us a grant for $10,000.00. Fairways for Warriors’ mission is to help combat wounded veterans with their mental and physical rehabilitation. We define a combat wounded veteran as anyone who has served in a combat theater whether a physical injury was sustained or not. We have found that the invisible wounds such as PTSD & TBI are the most difficult to overcome. We use the game of golf to accomplish our mission. “The primary intent of this grant to Fairways for Warriors is to provide combat-wounded veterans with one thing: hope,” said DVNF’s CEO, Joseph VanFonda (USMC SgtMaj Ret.). “Working together, DVNF and Fairways for Warriors are helping wounded veterans overcome challenges, and empowering them so they can heal in body and mind. We are pleased to call this organization a partner.” Fairways for Warriors provides golf equipment, instruction, outings and other activities to wounded veterans and their family members. We also have chapters in Jacksonville, FL, Tampa, Newport RI, and San Antonio, TX. The Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF) exists to provide critically needed support to disabled and at-risk veterans who leave the military wounded; physically or psychologically after defending our safety and our freedom. DVNF achieves their mission by: Offering direct financial support to veteran organizations that address the unique needs of veterans, and whose missions align with that of DVNF. Providing supplemental assistance to homeless and low-income veterans through the Health & Comfort program and various empowerment resources. Providing an online resource database that allows veterans to navigate the complex process of... read more