September 29-October 2: 10th Annual Texas Wounded Warrior Pro-AM Weekend in Tyler Texas. (Details will be posted at a later date).
November 6: 5th Annual Texas Wounded Warrior Golf Event at Horseshoe Bay, Texas - Escondido Golf Club.
March 12: The first ever PTSD Conference of its kind was held at the Lone Star Church in Tyler, TX on March 12th. We invited all, including veterans, families of veterans, active duty military personel, and anyone else who may have been interested in making a positive impact on this devasting problem plaguing far too many of our veterans returning from combat. This conference introduced those to the unique intervention protocols developed by Lt Col (Dr.) David Tharp and CPT Daniel Williams, MD, who have extensive experience in successful treatment of PTSD. We were very excited to have such a unique speaking event that is being launched right here in East Texas. Check out www.combatptsd.org to learn more about this innovative program approach and what an impact it is already making in the lives of Texas veterans.
March 19: The Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation had a tent at the Shamrocking 5K Run at Camp Mabry in Austin, Texas with the Texas Medical Command Unit. All sorts of fun activities were planned for both adults and kids alike, and we were honored with much support from the community. Part of the proceeds from this event benefitted the Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation.
April 8-10 : The first ever Hill Country Family Weekend Retreat was held at the Thunderbird Resort in Burnet, Texas, April 8-10. Wounded Warriors and their families were invited to join our organization for a weekend of fun outdoor activities for adults and children alike such as fishing, canoeing, and hiking, not to mention great food and fellowship. Additionally, while the kiddoes were occupied with some creative projects, adults had the privilege of listening and learning face to face from Evangelist Rick Hughes of Rick Hughes Evangelistic Ministries based in Alabama (http://rhem.cgmtechnica.com) on both Friday and Saturday nights as well as Sunday morning. Rick presented the teaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ as well as the spiritual dynamics of the Christian way of life. For more than 30 years, Rick has shared his ministry with school assemblies all across the country, and he has a weekly radio show, the F.L.O.T. (Forward Line of Truth) Line, that is currently broadcast across 17 different stations, including KTBB Radio, based in Tyler. Rick’s F.L.O.T. Line acrostic is a play on words taken from “Forward Line of Troops”, a phrase which all service men and women can relate. To get a bird's eye view of some of the pictures taken at this fun event, click here or visit our gallery page.
April 23: The Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation manned a booth for Kyle Field Day at Texas A&M. The Kappa Delta Sorority jointly sponsored our booth and we and other volunteers wrote many Thank You notes to send to our military heroes overseas. We have more details concerning this fun event posted on our In the News 2016 Headlines page.
April 27-28: UPDATE--Due to recent heavy rains in and around the Houston area causing severe flooding, the Houston Golf School was cancelled and will be rescheduled later in the year. The Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation will conduct a Wounded Warrior two-day golf school at the BlackHorse Golf Club in Cypress, TX, just outside Houston. We are excited to announce that Carl Lohren, PGA golf professional and author and one of the top 100 golf instructors in the United States, will be helping us with this school. Additional golf schools will be conducted in Dallas, San Antonio, and Tyler, with these dates yet to be announced. Approximately 20 Wounded Warriors participate in each school and receive professional golf instruction regardless of skill level. Following one of the golf school sessions, a Warrior said, “It was great! For two hours I didn’t think about anything but golf!” Additional Golf events are also included on the calendar including the Texas Wounded Warrior Open Golf Tournament at the Republic Golf Club in San Antonio and the Texas Wounded Warrior Pro-Am at the Escondido Golf Club in Horseshoe Bay. Specific dates and additional details concerning these events will be posted soon.
April 30: Proceeds from the Texas Shoot-Out Grand Prix of Tyler held on April 30th at the Texas Rose Horse Park went to benefit the Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation. Complete with a silent auction, dinner catered by Dakota’s, live music, and topped by a wonderful showcase of equestrian beauty, skill, and athletic prowess, the evening was one of pure enjoyment and entertainment. Austin Anderson and the Texas Trick Riders opened the night by riding in on the group’s famous white horse circling the ring and carrying the American flag, while Tyler Pride (son of Charlie Pride) sang the national anthem. Anderson’s horse then gave a salute to America and kicked off Anderson’s old fashion trick riding exhibition before the Grand Prix, making this performance a tough act to follow. Meeting the challenge, however, the English horse jumping showcase soon began and did not disappoint, as each horse and rider cleared all the jumps with speed and charisma. It was definitely awe inspiring watching these beautiful animals perform. Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make this a fun and memorable event! Picture highlights can be viewed here.
May 3: The Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation was featured at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) Day, an annual, all-employee event which includes several agenda items such as the State of the Institute, meritorious awards assembly, and team building and networking, just to name a few. Each year, a different theme is emphasized, and this year, it is honoring our Veterans and those currently serving in the US Armed Forces, either active or reserve. Our very own Lily Garst was a key note speaker for this event.
May 6: The Balch Springs Chamber presented the 5th Annual Celebrity Golf Classic at Waterview Golf Club in Rowlett, TX. Partial proceeds from this event benefitted the Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation. Check-in and lunch began at 11:30am followed by tee-off time at 1:00pm. Our very own Ed Schmidt has his team of Wounded Warriors won first place. To view further highlights, check out our In the News, Human Interest Stories page.
May 17-18: The Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation conducted a two-day golf school at Gentle Creek Country Club in Prosper, TX, just north of Dallas. There were four PGA golf professional instructors available to teach ten Wounded Warrior golfers new skills that served as a foundation for enjoying the game for a lifetime. Golf instruction times were from 10:00am to 12:00noon on both days, and golf equipment was provided, if necessary. Pictured from left to right: Warrior guests Rowdy Yager, Brian Fleming, Caitlyn Yantz, Kevin Bowden, Brian Valteirra, Carl Hewitt, Brian Williams, & Daniel Almonaci. Wounded Warrior Joe Yantz is about to take a stroke here, and Caitlyn (Joe's wife) is about to do the same here.
May 28: Robert E. Lee High School Student Council in Tyler, TX hosted a 5K at Rose Rudman Park whereby proceeds benefitted Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation. Free T-shirts were handed out to those who registered, and it turned out to be a really fun event, especially since Mother Nature held off the rain! Wounded Warrior Sgt. Patrick Rogers delivered a pep talk speech to kick off the race, and then everyone took off. TXWWF board members Bob Burnett and Ronna Morrison walked the race and got to spend some quality time with Patrick as they all pulled up the rear. A special thank you to Carlos Villapudua, REL Fundraising Committee Chairman, who spearheaded this event! See Carlos (right) pictured with assistant Kamal Bains (left).
Sept 17: The Fourth Annual East Texas Cruzers Car & Truck Show will be held in Windsor Park In Chandler, TX, with a Rain-Out scheduled for Sept 24. If you have a passion for vintage cars and trucks, this event is sure to please! Entries will be judged and awards given for various categories. All proceeds benefit the Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation and will include a flyover as an additional star-studded attraction. For registration details and additional information, please check out the flyer for this event.
Sept 30 - Oct 3: To date, the Pro-Am Weekend Celebration has its own web page posted here.