Time Is Running Out to Qualify for CARES Act Charitable Contributions: Give to Help Veterans Heal Today!

Have you heard the numbing statistic that 22 veterans succumb to suicide every day in the United States? This staggering statistic does not even include the impact of the COVID-19 crisis, which has hit our veterans tremendously hard, intensifying their personal battles with the invisible wounds of war.

At Tee It Up for the Troops, we are making a difference and we are asking for your help. Through the nearly 550 golf charity events help since 2005, Tee It Up for the Troops has granted over $11 million to provide critically needed services to veterans and their families. This year, due to the coronavirus outbreak, we have had to cancel many charity events and are faced with losing critical fundraising dollars we would normally use to support our American heroes.

Unfortunately, the needs of our combat veterans have not been canceled. These men and women volunteered and fought for our freedom and they are not getting the services they need. We believe we can and should do better by them and are asking for your help to be able to do so.

As the end of the year approaches, we hope we can count on you to support Tee It Up for the Troops and military families. Especially during these difficult times, we hope you will donate now and help us fight for those who fought for us!

Donate before January 1 and Qualify for the CARES Act Charitable Contribution Deduction

If you are looking to support a cause that is near and dear to our military and veterans, you can support Tee It Up for the Troops and take advantage of this qualifying charitable contribution. This special pandemic tax deduction is set to expire on Dec. 31, 2020. Donate online today at https://teeitupforthetroops.org/donate

Thank you for your consideration and support!

Christmas 1944 in Bastogne, Belgium

Our nation is replete with military Christmas stories that changed the course of history and made a positive impact on countless individual lives.

For many of us, our thoughts of our military during Christmas often turn to December 1944, that terribly cold Christmas during the Battle of the Bulge. Our American troops were out-numbered, out-gunned, out-supplied, and being asked to hold a seventy-five-mile line in brutal freezing conditions. So dire was the outlook that the commanding German officer asked for a complete and immediate surrender. And we know the one-word reply returned by General Anthony McAuliffe: “Nuts!”

The written journals and interviews of American troops paint a profound picture of the reality of war during the siege of Bastogne, December 1944. With the line spread thin, and men being separated or momentarily lost during the fighting of Christmas Eve, these Christmas stories from the siege of Bastogne still speak to us today.

 

Corporal Frank D. Vari’s Christmas

“I spent Christmas Eve pressed against the walls of my foxhole as shells exploded around me all night long. We could hear their guns going off and the shells landing at the same time. They were close. They almost surrounded the whole place. I remember Christmas Day. I got up, and we had a real bad night, with artillery and everything. The first thing I saw was the steeple of a church down in the valley. It was a beautiful day, the sun was just coming up over a little village at the bottom.– Cpl. Frank D. Vari

 

Christmas Carols with a Belgian Family

“We were out in the outskirts of Bastogne; we found this farmhouse. Inside was a man, and a little boy, and a little girl, and his wife. She gave us some soup and some black bread. We stayed there all night in this farmhouse. The war was going on fiercely outside, and for some reason the farmhouse never got hit. We were there Christmas Eve, we sang Christmas songs that night with this Belgian family. We sang Jingle Bells and Silent Night. The words were different, but the music was the same…”

Keith Davis in an interview with the BBC Witness Podcast

 

A Christmas Meal with the Germans

A Belgian man narrated this story he experienced as a boy on Christmas Eve during the Battle of the Bulge. He and his mother were alone in their farmhouse in the war’s midst, surviving the unrelenting cold, and the reality of the unknown.

“It was Christmas Eve, and a very cold night. Many soldiers on both sides became lost from their units and were looking for a place to stay. Three American soldiers saw the smoke from the chimney. They knocked on the door and then came in. My mother had a small chicken cooking.

One soldier was wounded, and she tried to make him comfortable. There was a language barrier for a time, till one soldier found out she spoke French and German.  For a while it was quiet, and then suddenly a knock and push at the door. The Americans went for their guns. My mother quickly called out in German, ‘Welcome on Christmas Eve, I have guests!’.  Four soldiers quickly came in.

Four German soldiers, and three American soldiers in our small house, amid war and fighting. My French and German speaking mother says, ‘no killing on Christmas Eve,’ and tells them to lay down their weapons! They were all in the room together. Soldiers who a little while ago were bent on killing each other laid their weapons down. We all shared what food we had; we sang Silent Night in our native tongues. Later these enemies all went to sleep under the same roof. 

In the morning, the German soldiers built a stretcher for the wounded American and even gave them directions on how to back to their lines.

I often think of the gift these men gave to my family that night, the gift they gave to each other.”

Tee It Up for the Troops this Christmas

The Christmas stories of these military heroes demonstrate why Tee It Up for the Troops works hard to support America’s veterans. A veteran should never have to spend a Christmas cold again. As we read these Christmas stories from long ago, we are hopefully prompted and inspired to ask ourselves this Christmas season: What can we give to each other? What can we give to our military veterans and their families?

Our vision is to help active-duty service members, veterans, and their families from all branches and all conflicts to heal, transition, grow and thrive.

There are many ways for you and your business to contribute to our mission of serving soldiers and their families. We encourage you to read the current-day stories of hope and resilience on our website. We invite you to see how we are investing your donations. We hope you find a way to support a veteran and their family today. You can donate immediately here: https://teeitupforthetroops.org/donate/

From all of us at Tee It Up for the Troops,

Merry Christmas

Giving Thanks and Giving Back

The first thought that comes to many people’s minds when Thanksgiving arrives is the Thanksgiving meal. There is of course the star of the show: the turkey. There are also all our favorite side dishes: stuffing and sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, rolls, and a whole lineup of pies!

When we sit at such a bountiful feast with our family and friends, there is a lot to see and to be thankful for—and a lot worth giving back for.

Giving Tuesday

Thanksgiving for many also signals the start of the holiday giving season, beginning with Giving Tuesday, which is the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving in the United States. Giving Tuesday is a movement that provides the opportunity for people to contribute to charities that support local communities. Tee It Up for the Troops has been honored to receive Giving Tuesday gifts, and we ask for you to consider supporting our veterans-focused charity during this unprecedented holiday giving season.

Why Our Veterans Need and Deserve Help this Holiday Season

Our American military veterans are heroes. Every single veteran is an American hero. Ordinary men and women who answer the call, put on the uniform, and perform their duties with pride, honor, and dignity. Many of these duties are often unseen, unknown, and unappreciated. Like many of the things in life that keep us free to pursue life, liberty and happiness, our military men and women are often overlooked and taken for granted. We just assume that our military will always be there, fighting our battles and keeping us from harm’s way, and we thank God they are. 

However, sadly our nation’s reality is that many of the hardest battles our veterans will face are after they return from their military theater. There are wounds that we do not see like PTSD, brain injuries, and fractured families. Our veterans have sacrificed so much for us, so we ask you to take a moment this Thanksgiving to tell a veteran, “We see you!”

We also ask that you say thank you to our veterans by making an end-of-the-year charitable contribution to Tee It Up for the Troops. Tee It Up for the Troops uses these funds to sustain our unique REUNION program, which reunites combat veterans for four days of golf, relaxation, and healing. In addition, Tee It Up for the Troops helps organize fundraising events around the country for veterans. We encourage you and your family to create a new Thanksgiving tradition by saying thank you to our Military heroes and giving back on Giving Tuesday.

You can donate immediately here: https://teeitupforthetroops.org/donate/

 

How the CARES Act Helps Charitable Giving

To promote and reward charitable giving and to help our country’s not-for-profit agencies, the United States Congress passed the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act this year. The CARES Act has recognized the desires of individuals, foundations, and businesses to support not-for-profit organizations such as Tee It Up for the Troops. Incentive-based tax benefits can be gained if you make donations by the end of 2020. This is important because as of now, the United States Congress is not planning on continuing the CARES ACT into 2021.

The details of the CARES ACT can be found in an earlier article we posted.

We thank you for your support and contributions. When you give, you make a positive difference. It is as simple as that: giving helps.

We also take this moment to give a heartfelt thank you to all our military veterans, current service members, and their families. We acknowledge your service, commitment, and sacrifices.

We wish you all a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

Partner SPOTLIGHT: All Golf Services

All Golf Services (AGS) is a golf course marketing and promotions company that is a national sponsor/partner with Tee It Up for the Troops and has a strong passion for helping our service members, veterans and military families.

Just this month, AGS donated $48,210 raised during their 2019-20 golf season to Tee It Up for the Troops! Despite all the interruptions caused by the pandemic, AGS only just missed its highest annual total EVER and was still able to make this amazing donation. Thank you AGS for your unwavering support of our military veterans!

AGS’s management team has extensive golf operations, sales and marketing experience and a heart for America’s military. Jonathan Mostyn, co-founder of AGS, created the unique results-driven business model that drives the success behind AGS. Fellow co-founder Steve Phillips is a member of the Professional Golf Association and the all-things-golf expert for AGS. In addition to his extensive business experience in golf, Steve also serves as a commissioned officer in the US Navy Reserve. We at Tee it Up for the Troops thank him for his service and for AGS’s extremely generous support!

Tim Wegscheid, Tee It Up for the Troops President and Jonathan Mostyn, All Golf Services CEO

Since 2010, AGS has donated over $286,000 to non-profits that support veterans. Their contributions and commitment to Tee It Up for the Troops have helped us to accomplish great work, like reuniting combat veterans through our unique REUNION Program. The REUNION Program reunites old friends from the service for four days of golf and other activities at the Reunion Resort in Kissimmee, Florida. The trip is almost entirely expense-free thanks to the support from our partners like AGS.

If your organization might be interested in partnering with Tee It Up for the Troops, get in touch! There are plenty of other ways to get involved, too, whether finding an event near you to join or starting one yourself.

Once again, THANK YOU to All Golf Services for their support of our troops, and we look forward to a successful year of golf in 2021!

A Smile Can Make All the Difference for America’s Veterans – Shop AmazonSmile for Tee It Up for the Troops

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, since 2009, Americans have increased their online spending by 100 billion dollars.

According to a 2018 NPR/Marist poll, 69% of Americans shopped online during the year, and 43% regularly shop online.

That is a lot of money spent on shopping, and with the advent of Covid-19, the percentage of people regularly shopping online has dramatically increased.

What does online shopping and AmazonSmile have to do with Tee It Up for The Troops?  Four words: Fast, Easy, Life-Changing Donations.

Shop AmazonSmile to Raise Money for Tee It Up for the Troops at No Cost to You!

Amazon through its AmazonSmile initiative is donating 0.5% of all eligible purchases to the charity of your choice when you shop. That means it’s possible to send real donations to Tee It Up for the Troops at absolutely NO cost to you—just shopping at smile.amazon.com does the trick!

Designate Tee It Up for the Troops as your charity, and Amazon will send donations to benefit the organization every time you shop—every little bit counts!

Giving to Tee It Up for the Troops has never been easier. Let’s get started!

There are a couple of different ways you can sign up for the AmazonSmile program.

Join AmazonSmile at smile.amazon.com. You can sign up to the AmazonSmile program at smile.amazon.com on your computer, tablet, or phone. There you’ll select the Get Started button and sign into your Amazon account. After you sign in, there will be a list of charities to choose from. Search for Tee It Up for the Troops in the search bar and select us! Once you’ve selected Tee It Up for the Troops, then you’re set up!

Here’s the all-important final step: make sure you shop at smile.amazon.com rather than plain amazon.com. Using the “smile.amazon.com” address will ensure that Amazon contributes part of the purchase price to Tee It Up for the Troops!

Get the app. Download or update to the latest version of the Amazon Shopping app on your phone. You can find the app in the App Store for your iPhone or Google Play for Android. Log in to your Amazon account on the app. Once you’re logged in, navigate to the Settings menu ( where you can also see buttons for Account and Your Orders). Below Settings, you’ll find an AmazonSmile button. Click the AmazonSmile button, and then proceed through the instructions provided, and you’ll be set!

You can begin to make a difference in our veterans’ lives with a smile and a click, here and now, today.

Please give to Tee It Up for the Troops through AmazonSmile. You can start today!

Tee It Up for the Troops Patriotic Opening Ceremony – Honoring America’s Veterans

The Opening Ceremony is a tradition at Tee It Up for the Troops events that pays tribute to American heroes who have, and continue to, put their lives at risk on the frontlines. This opening ceremony sets a patriotic tone to the day, honors our veterans and reminds everyone why they are a Tee It Up for the Troops event. It is an opportunity for sponsors, participants, and all in attendance to celebrate patriotic pride.

Our military is built on traditions, customs, and manners, and so too are our military charity events. It’s valuable for everyone to learn about these traditions and customs that have become part of Tee It Up for the Troops opening ceremonies. With the 530+ events that have been held in over 40 states, each Tee It Up for the Troops opening ceremony is uniquely planned by each local community planning committee. While no two opening ceremonies are ever the same, below are the elements and their meaning that you might find at a typical opening ceremony.

  • Bagpiper: Many of our ceremonies start with a bagpiper in a traditional Scottish kilt playing and walking up the first fairway toward the attendees. Bagpipes have become associated with U.S. military memorial services, retirements, or changes of command on account of their connection with Scottish martial history. As early as the 14th century, Scottish warriors used musical instruments—mostly horns—to intimidate their English adversaries.

  • Invocation by Military Chaplain: An invocation prayer or request for the spiritual presence and blessing of God in the event.
  • Soloists to sing National Anthem and God Bless America: We all know the great tale of our national anthem being written in the wake of battle with the British in 1814, but did you know God Bless America was written by a Russian immigrant serving in the US Army during the first world war? None other than Irving Berlin—one of the most successful and beloved American songwriters of the 20th century—penned this tune to celebrate the nation he loved dearly.
  • Presentation of Colors by Honor Guard / Color Guard. While we no longer carry colors into battle—during which they served a crucial communication function—the presentation of colors ceremony still plays an important role in keeping national and unit traditions alive.

  • Moment of Silence: The moment of silence is a time-honored tradition to create a space for reflection and respect—and there’s plenty of that to go around during a Tee It Up for the Troops opening ceremony honoring our nation’s heroes.

  • Rifle Volley: Typically done in three volleys by an odd number of members, rifle and other gun salutes are common across the world for honoring servicemembers, royalty, and foreign dignitaries.

  • Gold-Star Family Recognition: Gold Star Families are relatives of US military members who have died in battle. A wreath is laid at the ceremony and attending parents, spouses, children, or other family members can carry a rose to lay on the wreath.

  • Honoring Veterans in Attendance: All attending veterans are recognized and honored for their service during the ceremony.
  • Taps: Often played at military funerals and other events like wreath laying ceremonies, this bugle call (it’s not a song) has its origins in the Civil War.
  • Retire the Colors: Retiring the colors marks the end of the ceremony, during which the color guard retrieves the colors and removes them respectfully.

Some of our events have additional symbols and demonstrations of patriotism that pay tribute to American heroes who continue to put their lives at risk on the frontlines.  

  • Static Displays: military vehicles, fire engines with U.S. flags at the entrance or on a hole.
  • Helicopter or parachute landing to mark the start of the ceremony.
  • Video Link / Teleconference of deployed units.
  • Patriotic Motorcycle association riders: Some riders participate in the ceremony by holding US Flags around the staging area.
  • White Dove Release: White doves are a widely recognized symbol of peace and hope. A white dove release incorporates this powerful symbol into the ceremony honoring our veterans and what they’ve fought for.

  • Bald Eagle on display: The Bald Eagle became the national emblem of the United States of America in 1782. The fierce beauty and proud independence of this great bird aptly symbolize the strength and freedom of America, that same strength and freedom that is found in the United States Armed Forces.

  • Flyover: The first military flyover took place during the 1918 World Series. Today’s military flyovers serve to promote and honor our armed services. The missing man formation is an aerial “salute” performed during a flyover and is typically in memory of a fallen pilot, a well-known military service member, or veteran.  

At the 2020 Tee It Up for the Troops Rochester event in Minnesota, the opening ceremony began with two Navy SEALs parachuting onto the fairway at the Rochester Golf and Country Club. Holding the American flag between them, the two SEALs dropped from the sky and made this ceremony especially powerful for the crowd—and the local Gold Star mothers—present.

“It really defined what Tee It Up for the Troops is for,” says Mike Pruett, who helped to organize and record the Rochester event. “For our military, our fallen—respecting them, showing our respect and support for our troops.” Having two SEALs conclude the opening ceremony reinforced one of the core principles of Tee It Up for the Troops—that servicemembers can often be the best support for their comrades. No one knows better than a fellow soldier what it’s like to put your life on the line to serve your country.

Opening ceremonies at Tee It Up for the Troops events are one-of-a-kind experiences. Without pretension, with utmost respect and dignity, they’re a chance for your community to honor veterans in your own unique way. Communities across the United States have gathered to support our troops. Get together with your community today to start planning your own event!

Start an Event: We’ll help you set up your own community event to raise funds for our veterans.

Find an Event: Tee It Up for the Troops events happen in almost every state! Find one near you today and participate!

Donate: Donate to support our innovative REUNION program, which pays for combat veterans to reunite with their old comrades to help overcome the hidden wounds of war.

How Business Sponsors Benefit from a Non-Profit Partnership that Supports Veterans

Because the needs of our American heroes continue to far exceed our nation’s ability to meet them, Tee It Up for the Troops benefits from generous business sponsors that help veterans and their families gain access to the critical services and support they need and deserve.

We have many national business sponsors that know the power of giving back to our military veterans and are truly dedicated to helping those in need:

National Sponsors

Bridgestone GolfAll Golf Services
2nd SwingPING
The Club FoundationClub Managers Association of America
Fisher HouseHero Miles
EZGOKopplin Kuebler & Wallace
Imperial HeadwareAntigua Apparel
Anytime FitnessKentwool
Reunion ResortGalaxy Sales, Inc.

 

We also have Product/Service Sponsors, Event Sponsors, and many local sponsors not listed here that are critical partners and support American veterans.

Eight Great Benefits for Your Company When Partnering with Tee It Up for The Troops 

  1. Be a stellar business example and honor, remember, respect and support the many brave individuals that have kept and continue to keep us all safe. Americans love, respect, and honor our troops and they love businesses that give back to our military veterans and their families.
  2. Good and Free Publicity, Brand Awareness, and Reach a Whole New Audience. These are givens, however, when you encourage and make room for your employees to participate, they will be the ones continuing to talk about the event. It is an old school approach, but word of mouth is certainly effective and often carries with it the passion and purpose behind our events. When your employees are talking up your company of their own volition that is good business.
  3. Corporate Tax Breaks.  Included in the new stimulus bill passed by the U.S. Congress is the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act, which has recognized the desire of individuals, foundations, and business to support not-for-profit organizations such as Tee It Up for The Troops with incentive-laden tax benefits. Learn how with our detailed outline of the tax benefits for your corporate sponsorship.
  4. Spending Power of Millennials.  Did you know that 70% of millennials report that they prefer to spend their money with brands that support worthwhile causes like Tee It Up for the Troops? In fact, Millennials possess 2.45 trillion dollars in spending power and that is a figure that is hard to ignore.
  5. Great New Hires for Your Company.  A 2007 study by Deloitte found that 62% of new hires between the ages of 18-26 would prefer to work for a company that offers volunteer opportunities. Partnering with Tee It Up for the Troops offers many worthwhile volunteer opportunities at our events across the nation.
  6. Boost Employee Morale.  Study after study shows that volunteering is good for you. It creates empathy, self-esteem, and confidence. And when companies carve out time for employees to volunteer or help at one of our military charity events during work hours, the employees feel as if they too are making a much needed and appreciated contribution. It is also a great team-building exercise.
  7. Unlock New Networking Opportunities.  Our charity golf tournaments golf events fuel so much of what we do. Providing recreation, sport, and an arena to network away from the traditional business setting.
  8. The Bottom Line. Your corporate sponsorship and participation help the men and women who have served, or who are currently serving in America’s Armed Forces.

We are grateful for all of our sponsors who have made the commitment to support those who have fought to protect our freedoms. Want to join our esteemed list of business sponsors? Partner with us today to help our nation’s heroes!

Now Is a Great Time to Donate to Veterans Thanks to the CARES Act

Now is a great time to donate to help our military veterans, who are heroes and have already given so much to us. Giving back to our troops is so much more than simply money. Your donation to Tee It Up for the Troops provides hope, restoration, and new beginnings for our American heroes to enjoy a life with good health, ample opportunity, and continued freedom—the same freedoms and opportunities that they so willingly sacrificed for each of us to have.

The CARES Act

Included in the new stimulus bill passed by the U.S. Congress is the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act) Act, which has recognized the desire of individuals, foundations, and businesses to support not-for-profit organizations such as Tee It Up for the Troops with incentive-laden tax benefits. That’s good news for you and your business, and it’s good news for us too because we want and need your help.

How the CARES Act Helps You Donate to Veterans

 

A portion of the new bill provides individuals who and corporations that itemize their charitable giving to deduct greater amounts of their contributions. Individuals can elect to deduct donations up to 100% of their 2020 adjusted gross income (AGI), which is up from the previous limit of 60%.

The new CARES Act also allows corporations to deduct up to 25% of taxable income, up from the previous limit of 10%. You may not be aware, but many employers and foundations are offering to match donations. We encourage you to check with your employer to see if your donation qualifies for a matching gift. 

Also, anyone who donates up to $300 for an individual, or $600 for a married couple, can get an easy tax break under the CARES Act. This charitable giving deduction is available for those who take the standard deduction, meaning you do not need to itemize your deductions to enjoy the tax break. This is a wonderful provision written into the CARES Act, and it makes it even easier for you to donate to veterans today.

Know that your charitable giving is so much more than a tax deduction; it is life-giving change to veterans who have already given and sacrificed for you.

You can be the difference in a veteran’s life. Donate to veterans today through Tee It Up for the Troops.

 

April: The Month of Military Children

Military families are some of the bravest and most enduring families in our country. While we often only think of the deployed person as the one who sacrifices or struggles, the family left behind also faces many difficulties. Some struggles for family members are due to separation, constant moving, added responsibilities put on them while their loved one is away or adjusting to the mental or physical health of a returning servicemember.

 

COVID-19  Supportive Resources for Military Parents and Children

We know this is an especially difficult time for our military families, veterans and children during our current COVID-19 crisis. Here are some resources for parents and military children that may be helpful from the  Military Child Education Coalition. From different activities you can do with your children, to resources to help discuss what is happening and hopefully ease some of the challenges you’re facing.

 

The Challenges That Military Children Face

Family separation can be a very difficult lifestyle for children and spouses/partners of military families, particularly when the separation time is commonly 9-12 months. Spouses/partners, even when not deployed, may be separated for a month or more while completing required training or in the case of injured veterans, when receiving care or rehabilitation.

Family separation also takes a significant emotional toll on children. Military children may worry about the safety or health of their deployed parent or their returning from service parent. Missing their family member can cause children to become anxious, sad, or even clinically depressed, or to begin lashing out in unexpected ways. With very young children, deployment of their parent could even set back developmental milestones like potty training, talking in sentences, or sleeping through the night.

Military life entails moving a lot due to different duty assignments. Relocation can add considerable stress to a family unit due to the necessary transition to another house and community. The family now has to adapt to new schools, jobs, and even friendships. Schools can be a very tough challenge for military children due to the different teaching styles and state school curriculums. Military children may enter a class where they are expected to know a material that they have not been taught. Friendships can also be very difficult for military children who are forced to move frequently because it is challenging to pursue new friendships and “put yourself out there” again and again, especially if another move is likely in the near future.

Finally, there is the added household responsibilities military children may take on when a parent is deployed, which can force a shift in the family dynamic, causing children’s roles and responsibilities to shift as well. This increase in responsibilities for school-aged children, while not innately bad, can result in added stress for military children. Such additional pressure can cause children to feel anxious and even resentful because of the strain they are put under.

The mental health of a returning servicemember also affects children. Combat posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can be transmitted to children from their parents in cases where a parent suffers from combat PTSD. Secondary PTSD can drastically impact a child’s behaviors. Symptoms of combat PTSD in children can range from hyperactivity to extreme withdrawal.

Anxiety is certainly one of the most common symptoms and can be brought about through many of the symptoms experienced by the parent. For example, if a parent re-experiences the trauma, particularly to the point where it feels like it truly is happening again, this is accompanied by fear and anxiety that the child also feels. Children don’t understand what is happening and they may fear the parent cannot take care of them. Being on edge, angry, or aggressive much of the time can make a child fearful and wonder whether the parent loves him or her.

Tee It Up for the Troops Gets Involved – Join In!

At Tee It Up for the Troops, we strive to give back and help even the youngest members of our military families. Our proceeds go to organizations like Beyond the Yellow Ribbon that create meetings and service support opportunities for military members and families. The proceeds also fund recreational and social events for military families and spouses/partners. Plus, Beyond the Yellow Ribbon provides services to military members and families like daycare, counseling, and household repairs.

Visit our website to learn how you can get involved with a Tee It Up for the Troops event in your area.

Grant Highlight: The Warrior’s Journey

As a veterans charity, we here at Tee It Up for the Troops are honored to support groups like The Warrior’s Journey. The Warrior’s Journey works with veterans to build their faith and work towards healthy relationships, family life, and mind. A faith-based organization, the Warrior’s Journey also uses faith and relationships to help equip its members with the tools they need to tackle the problems life throws at them.

The Warrior’s Journey – Helping Warriors since 2016

In 2019, we granted $15,000 to The Warrior’s Journey that they used to further their mission in bringing faith to both active duty and retired military (Warriors). How they achieve this is through their comprehensive website, which is an interactive online resource. This website allows individuals to read articles as well as watch videos about other warriors to understand what they went through and how The Warrior’s Journey helped.

They can also communicate with trained connectors who are there to help Warriors find any help or information they may need about making the next step. Warriors will also be connected with resources, organizations, and ongoing support to ensure they can continue their journey into faith. Warrior’s Journey connectors also work to help Warriors find a local church so they can grow their communal support network.

The Warrior’s Journey Golf Classic – Stay Tuned!

With this partnership, The Warrior’s Journey was able to launch the first annual The Warrior’s Journey Golf classic with Tee It Up for the Troops in 2018. The golf classic raised local awareness of the needs of the military community as well as funds for the faith-based organization. Thankfully, because of the partnership we have with The Warrior’s Journey, we are excited to announce this year’s event: The Warrior’s Journey Golf Classic in partnership with Tee It Up for the Troops- Highland Springs Country Club, Springfield, MO, on October 26, 2020.

The golf classic is a way for people to have fun while remembering the sacrifices our military heroes and their families make every day. This event will start with an amazing ceremony and tribute to our military and the wonderful nation they serve. The day will conclude with an auction to raise money for our remarkable American heroes. Our sponsors, other golfers, and the veterans will all get to partake in an amazing day out on the beautiful greens.

The Warrior’s Journey + Tee It Up for the Troops

The donations received at this event and in general are crucially needed. These funds help combat veterans who are suffering physically, mentally, and emotionally to overcome and persevere through their everyday struggles. Proceeds from this event will also help the Tee It Up for the Troops outreach program “REUNION” which is designed to reunite combat veterans with their comrades from the battlefield.

Whether it’s your friend, acquaintance, or family member, assistance is available from The Warrior’s Journey. This support for our heroes is crucially needed, and we encourage you to come to our events and help raise proceeds for our American heroes and their families.

If you’re not in the area for this fall’s Warrior’s Journey Golf Classic, worry not! Find an event near you today—or consider starting one yourself!