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!

Caregiver Support: How Tee It Up for the Troops Recognizes Caregivers

Family is an important aspect of any individual’s life, but they are even more important in the lives of veterans. For many veterans, the support that families and caregivers provide are essential for their transition back into civilian life. We at Tee It Up for the Troops strive to create opportunities and find assistance for veterans everywhere.

One pillar we support as an organization is family and caregiver support. Families and caregivers can be some of the best support systems for our veterans. Families and caregivers are heavily relied upon by their wounded veterans, thus they also need support. That’s why Tee It Up for the Troops works to help caregivers and families both through our signature REUNION Program and our charitable fundraising events.

Our REUNION program brings combat veterans who served with each other back together for five days of golfing and other activities. And it’s not just veterans who come to REUNION for this expenses-paid trip—we also invite the veterans’ caregivers. During these days, caregivers are given opportunities to meet with each other and share their own struggles, talk about self-care techniques, and share resources.

Tee It Up for the Troops also raises money throughout the country for charitable organizations that support the Family & Caregiver Support pillar of our mission. Some of these organizations include Blue Star Families and Hope For The Warriors. These organizations help us achieve our goal of assisting military families, wounded veterans and caregiver support systems.

Blue Star Families creates programs for caregivers and members to help make strong families even stronger. They believe caregiver support is important across all parts of military life from enlistment to veteran status. One thing that makes Blue-Star Families unique is that their team consists of military spouses and veterans. They believe having been in the situation helps them better understand and assist other veterans’ needs.

Another wonderful organization we partner with is the Hope For The Warriors. Hope For The Warriors provides programming and support services to caregivers of post-9/11 service members and veterans who have been physically or psychologically wounded due to combat. These caregivers can include: spouses/partners, adult children, parents, significant others, siblings, and friends.

To all the families and caregivers who support our nation’s veterans—THANK YOU! Your work is invaluable, meaningful, and deeply appreciated. Learn more about our REUNION Program and consider working with your vet to apply.

Support Veteran Employment with a Local Fundraising Event!

One of the foundational pillars of our mission is veteran employment. Veterans can face unique challenges when returning from their service and moving back into the civilian sector. Even though veteran unemployment has been lower than the national rate for the last few years, working to promote veteran employment remains critical: living-wage employment supports housing, family life, and mental health.

 

This is a good trend for our veterans, but our mission is not complete and we need to continue focusing our efforts on veteran employment and on meaningful career pathways for veterans. Many veterans are working below their skill level with 15.6 percent more likely to be underemployed than civilians.  We all benefit if we fully recognize and leverage our veterans’ tremendous leadership and skill sets.

The drop in veteran unemployment is not a surprise given our nation’s work for the past decade to encourage hiring of transitioning service members, veterans, and their families. Not only is it the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do for companies. Studies show that 59% of employers reported that veterans perform “better than” or “much better than” non-veteran peers.

 

Organizations can change these statistics. At Tee It Up for the Troops, we strive to work with organizations that help with veteran employment by tackling problems and allowing for a smoother return to the civilian workforce. Since our founding in 2005, we’ve donated over $11,000,000 to many organizations, including those that support veteran employment.

 

One such company we partner with is Disabled American Veterans, an organization that works with veterans and employers to connect them with jobs that are the best fit. They also support and host in-person and digital job fairs to help veterans find the jobs they need to continue their journey outside of the military.

 

We also partner with United Service Organizations (USO). The USO works with veterans during and after their time in the service. They help veterans create plans to find the right training for future employment. They also find employers that are looking to hire veterans, helping to ensure that the veterans find beneficial employment.

 

The last organization that we will highlight is the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. The Intrepid Fallen Hero Fund uses the funds provided to them to create world-class facilities to help veterans fight traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress and post-traumatic stress disorder. These are the three most prominent mental health diseases that affect returning veterans.

 

Tee It Up for the Troops makes veteran employment one of its pillars because steady work makes so many other parts of life easier: owning or renting a home, having a family, and building purpose.

 

Help us build on this pillar by participating in a golf fundraiser or other event near you, or even let us help you start your own event!

Try Bridgestone Golf’s Free Ball Fitting Tool and Get A Complimentary Pack of Golf Balls with Our Referral Code

Bridgestone Golf has always supported Tee It Up for the Troops golf fundraisers. Now we are asking you to support them AND your golf game! Be one of the first to test Bridgestone Golf’s Video Ball Fitting Tool—and use our referral code TROOPS to receive a free pack of VFIT Bridgestone golf balls! 

Tiger Woods, arms crossed and an American flag background. Text reading "Be one of the first, like Tiger, to get VFIT"
Tiger VFITs into the Bridgestone Tour B XS with a Swing Speed over 105 mph. Find out your swing speed today! Use referral code TROOPS to redeem a complimentary pack of your VFIT Bridgestone Golf Balls.

We all want to play the best golf ball for our swing, and we all have phones with cameras, so Bridgestone Golf has combined the two with their new cutting-edge VFIT video fitting system! We want you to try VFIT for yourself and see what Bridgestone golf ball can help you play your best.

VFIT is Bridgestone Golf’s new way of getting fit for a golf ball! Just record your swing with your phone camera and submit it to Bridgestone. Their experts can analyze the video for free and suggest the right ball for you! It is really that simple. For this giveaway Bridgestone will prioritize the videos from GolfWRX members, so you get your results fast!

Find the instructions for VFIT submission on their guide. Their tool is a great way to find out your launch numbers and what ball fits you best. Video Ball Fitting results are dependent on video quality, lighting, and distance from player. Please make sure you’re no more than 10 feet from the player when recording.

Submit your video here on the Bridgestone website. Remember to enter the referral code TROOPS to receive a complimentary pack of VFIT Bridgestone Golf Balls!

 

 

A VFIT report listing club speed, ball speed, launch angle, spin, carry and total yards.

 

VFIT will provide testers with similar information they would see on any launch monitor. On top of that, Bridgestone will recommend the ball that best fits their game based on those numbers. Pictured here is an example VFIT Video Ball Fitting Report that you will receive from Bridgestone once you have submitted a video. 

Next time you’re playing in a Tee It Up for the Troops golf fundraiser, play with Bridgestone gold balls that fit just right! Learn more about Bridgestone’s new ball-fitting tool here, and find a golf fundraiser event near you on our website.

 

Check Out Our New Tee It Up for the Troops Website

We’re excited to show off our newly designed website for Tee It Up for the Troops. There’s a lot of military fundraising organizations, but we stand apart with our focus on local fundraising events and emphasis on supporting veterans so they can grow and thrive while healing and transitioning from their time in the military.

We’ve redesigned our website with you in mind, making it easy to find information you want to know like: events in your area; how to join us at #REUNION; how we are making a difference; how you can get involved to help all those who serve(d); and how to find us on social media.

Come find out how you can host your own golf charity event, and rest assured the money raised will be used to do great things to serve our veterans, like our REUNION Outreach Program that reconnects combat war buddies.

If you’d rather host a different event besides a golf tournament, our website also provides information about registering a concert, social event or race or walk to say “thanks” to all those who have served our country with pride. One of our events hosts an annual “Serve It Up” for the troops tennis tournament to raise funds. If you are passionate about helping our veterans and have a fundraising idea, contact us! 

Our website also features a responsive map that lists the wide variety of scheduled Tee It Up for the Troops events. You can either scroll on the map to view events around your hometown, or just below the map, you can search by event name, city, or state to find details about the venue and contact person for each event. We hope our Events page will make it easy for you to get involved and support our great veterans.

Screenshot of "Find an Event" map on the new Tee It Up for the Troops website. Shows military fundraising events nationwide.

Those interested in a golfing reunion with a military comrade or who just want to support our REUNION program can do so via our website. We’ve redesigned the pages that provide information about the program and make it easy for those looking to contribute to donate online.

Event sponsors also have easy access to different package opportunities and can read testimonials from past attendees who describe how a REUNION event changed their lives.

Additionally, it’s easy to keep up with the latest news from Tee It Up for the Troops right from our new website. We’ve made our Latest News section prominently displayed on the Home page with photos and information about past events, our sponsors, how we are helping heroes heal, and much more.  

You also have the opportunity to support veterans by purchasing Tee It Up for the Troops branded merchandise right from the Patriot Pro Shop. All proceeds go toward supporting our veterans.

We hope you check out the new Tee It Up for the Troops website today to learn more about the work we’re doing for America’s veterans!

Tee It Up for the Troops Proudly Supports Our Nation’s Finest Through Golf Fundraisers

Tee It Up for the Troops was founded in 2005 by the loved ones and friends of a soldier returning from Iraq. The organization was launched after the soldier selflessly asked for a way to support returning service members.

Today, Tee It Up for the Troops is a robust golf fundraiser organization that has donated more than $10,000,000 to over 335 veteran service organizations.

Tee It Up for the Troops raises money through individualized fundraisers and includes ceremonies and other opportunities to reflect and commemorate the sacrifices many soldiers have made for our country. 

Fundraising dollars go towards a number of vetted organizations who help veterans heal, transition, grow, and thrive.

Tee It Up for the Troops prioritizes entities that work in these fields of critical importance:

  • PTSD and traumatic brain injuries
  • Veteran suicide awareness and prevention fields
  • Adaptative and rehabilitative recreational fields
  • Veteran housing and employment services

 

A Tee It Up for the Troops golf fundraiser is a unique event that gives participants the opportunity to commemorate the many sacrifices made by veterans and assist worthwhile organizations that support the men and women who have served our nation.

Golf fundraisers are designed to serve as an emotional experience for participants to connect civilians with servicemembers. Half of all funds raised in each event stays right in the local community that hosts the fundraiser. This strategy is designed to ensure veterans receive immediate impact after a fundraiser.

For those interested in hosting a golf fundraiser, Tee It Up for the Troops provides coordination for a golf tournament and a playbook to empower local support staff and volunteers. We’re proud to rely on great volunteers and local support chapters to organize and host events. Less than 5% of tournament proceeds goes to general overhead, which means events are grassroots efforts that have a profound impact on veterans.

Aside from individual events across the country, Tee It Up for the Troops also helps arrange the Longest Day of Golf marathon. This event allows golfers to support no matter where they are.

Money from the event goes towards the REUNION program which is designed to help reunite service members who were separated due to illness, injury, changes in rehabilitation, or other unforeseen circumstances. So far, the program has reunited more than 300 veterans.

Interested in learning more about Tee It Up for the Troops and how to sponsor a golf fundraiser? Feel free to visit our website to see listings of all pertinent events and additional information for each one. Anyone who would like to make a difference is invited to reach out via our online contact form.

Tee It Up for the Troops: A Veteran Support Organization Focused on Healing and Growth

As a veteran support organization, Tee It Up for the Troops is dedicated to honoring, respecting, and supporting those who served in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Ever since the organization’s founding in 2005, groups across 40 states have hosted over 575 fundraising events, raising more than $10,000,000. These funds aid veterans as they heal, transition, grow, and thrive through PTSD treatment, suicide awareness prevention, and a wide range of recreation and employment programs.

Tee It Up for the Troops focuses on combining golf events with an inspirational ceremony to honor the sacrifice of veterans and create opportunities to award grants of money, equipment, time, and talent through fundraising efforts.

The unique and dynamic nature of Tee It Up for the Troops sets it apart as a veteran support organization.

Raised money is deliberately targeted for immediate impact – 50% of raised funds stay right in the event’s host community. Support efforts emphasize critical areas of need like transitional and comfort housing alongside programs to aid veterans with employment.

Tee It Up for the Troops’ mission and purpose have remained the same since its humble beginnings. A soldier serving in Iraq asked his family to do something for fellow servicemembers and loved ones back at home instead of doing something for him.

What emerged was Tee It Up for the Troops, armed to engage and inspire communities across the country to work for the benefit of the many veterans who have served and sacrificed.

We have many generous national, product and event sponsors who align and believe in the mission and purpose of Tee It Up for the Troops.  Visit our website sponsor page to see a full list or our partners. Sponsors are seen as a valuable part of the organization and have the opportunity to promote a product or service to veterans and their families.

Want to get a better understanding of Tee It Up for the Troops? Our veteran support organization works in many states across the country. Feel free to visit our website to see a dynamic map of all pertinent events and additional information for each.

Veterans, active servicemembers, family members, or anyone interested in learning more about the organization or who would like to make a difference can connect with us through our online contact form.