Golf programs for military veterans with PTSD
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PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) is a year round golf program for all military veterans, designed to enhance their rehabilitation and assimilation back into society. The HOPE program provides all veterans with FREE golf instruction taught by local PGA professionals. PGA HOPE is broken down into a two-part process:
- The first step of the HOPE program is the Down Range Clinic, a free introductory golf experience open to all veterans that serves as an orientation to the HOPE program. PGA professionals provide proper instruction on the game, the use of adaptive equipment when necessary, and are paired with our heroes by zip code to create a local hometown for our heroes to stay in the game.
- Following the Down Range Clinic, all veterans are invited to participate in the weekly HOPE sessions that will be conducted over the next 5 to 8 weeks.
PGA REACH, the regional PGA Sections and PGA professionals partner with local VA hospitals and military installations to initiate this program. The program includes a working partnership with physical therapists, introduction of the participant to the sport of golf, golf instruction, playing opportunities and social events – using golf as an activity to assist veterans with their progress in rehab along with helping them to assimilate and mainstream with their families and into their communities and into life.
Programs take place in local markets nationally and are fully funded for military and their families’ participation. Currently there are 46 programs in 20 states with nearly 1,000 veteran participants. Our goal is to have a program in every state by 2016.
The Salute to Military Golf Association (Silver Spring, MD)
The SMGA's mission is to provide rehabilitative golf experiences and family inclusive golf opportunities for post 9/11 wounded war veterans in an effort to improve the quality of life for these American heroes. Eligible veterans include those wounded or injured in post 9/11 military operations, including those with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and/or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).
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