The East Texas Cruzers held their annual vintage car show that raised $16,350 in September for the Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation. On hand for the check presentation were (from left) vice chairman of TXWWF Steve Braley, Lee Farris, David Morse, Gene Robinson, chairman of TXWWF Dick Goetz, president of East Texas Cruzers Kenny Conner, Jimmy Zahirniak, Larry Rains, and Paul Dooley. Over the last seven years the ET Cruzers have raised more than $50,000 for the foundation. Hall Buick GMC and Monte and Pam Hall were the major sponsor for the Seventh Annual ET Cruzers event that takes place the third Saturday of September at Winchester Park in Chandler.
The 2nd Annual Amarillo Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation Pro-Am golf tournament was again a tremendous success in 2019, with 25 teams and 125 participants enjoying great fellowship with each other and our honored Wounded Warriors on Monday, August 5th at the Tascosa Course at Tascosa Country Club.
Tournament hosts Scot and Sandy Pike outdid themselves in their second year of organizing and hosting the event, as proceeds from the event far exceeded the donation to the foundation from 2018. The entire Amarillo community truly rallies in support of Scot and Sandy and the Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation – as was evidenced by the amazing “Water Cannon Salute” that the Amarillo Fire Department provided, firing arching water over the top of the Southwest Airlines plane carrying the Wounded Warriors as it arrived at the Amarillo airport. The Warriors and Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation Board members in attendance were then greeted with a standing ovation as they deplaned and walked down the entire concourse of the airport to rousing cheers from every single traveler and employee in the terminal.
The spirit of giving and participating to honor the amazing men and women in our military, was evident in every smiling face of those volunteering and working with Head Golf Professional Alan Poe and his staff, and with every genuine display of gratitude for the service and sacrifice that the Warriors have made on our behalf. The golf course was in fantastic shape, and while the competition was fierce on the course, the joy and spirit of being together was the prevailing sentiment as the players and Wounded Warriors gathered around the scoreboard on a perfect August evening.
While only one team was toasted as the champions, everyone left feeling like winners on what was an absolutely wonderful day from start to finish – another amazing Amarillo experience!
Twelve years ago, PGA Professionals Dick Goetz and Ron Nash conceived an idea that began with a simple mission – to help Wounded Warriors and members of our military that have been wounded in battle or medically discharged find some peace, therapy and healing on the golf course. The result was the birth of the Tyler Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation Pro-Am, the event that began the amazing journey for a foundation that has since raised in excess of $6.5 million and helped over 650 Warrior families in their healing and reintegration process.
The 12th Annual Tyler Pro-Am was held the weekend of September 28-30, and was filled with great golf, delicious food, superb entertainment, and most of all wonderful fellowship and bonding time for the Warriors and the all the participants in the weekend event. The weekend began with a delicious steak dinner at Harry Leatherwood’s beautiful Rio Neches Ranch for nearly 200 people on Friday night, followed by a Saturday 9-hole scramble event on the back nine at The Cascades, with 4-player teams consisting of 2 Wounded Warriors and 2 First Tee of Longview junior golfers on each team – an absolute highlight of the weekend for both the kids and the Warriors. Sunday was full of activity, beginning with brunch at The Cascades and then more golf with a front nine scramble and teams consisting of 2 Warriors and 2 Cascades members. After a brief rest, dinner at Don Juan’s on the square downtown was followed by hilarious comedy and magic acts on stage at the Liberty Theatre with both Bob Kubota and Michael Finney providing uproarious laughs for all in attendance. The flagship event of the weekend, the Monday Pro-Am on September 30th at The Cascades was another full field event, with 24 teams and 120 participants honoring our Warriors. All Texas Wounded Warrior Pro-Am events have 5-person teams consisting of a PGA Professional, a Wounded Warrior, and three amateurs. The format allows for incredible fellowship and bonding time for each team on the golf course, and is the core principle around which the Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation is built. The opportunity to show our incredible gratitude, and help our Warriors heal through quality time on the golf course is an unparalleled experience. The tremendous pride that Tyler shows in providing our Warriors with a Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation Pro-Am weekend full of great experiences and memories continues to be a cornerstone around which the Foundation grows. Thank you Tyler – the Foundation couldn’t be more proud to call the Rose Capital of the World home!
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The mission of the Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation is to raise awareness, to honor, and to empower our Wounded United States Military Warriors who live in Texas and surrounding states, enabling them to assimilate back to daily life upon their return from combat. We seek to provide Wounded Veterans injured from combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan with funding to defray the basic costs of living incurred, as a result of the short and long-term care of those injuries.
Our focus is to support programs and services such as the Warrior and Family Support Center in San Antonio at BAMC. Additionally, huge gaps commonly exist before VA benefits begin for Wounded Warriors who return from Iraq or Afghanistan following combat injuries. The Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation assists wounded veterans and ensures that they and their families receive private sector support to help fill this gap. We also work closely with other agencies to provide needed services such as handicap upgrades to housing, transportation to and from medical appointments, and other needs.
We support our Warriors by hosting golf Events, Golf Schools, Weekend Retreats, Hunting, Fishing, & Comradery.
The horrors of combat can only be imagined by those of us who have never had these experiences, yet these imaginations can’t remotely compare with actual realities. Warriors are forced to endure these hardships, not to mention the strain of family separations and multiple deployments. Physical wounds can be widespread, encompassing traumatic brain injury, burns, spinal cord injury, and amputation, just to name a few. Emotional and mental injuries are even more numerous where the incidence of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is alarmingly high with almost one in five Warriors returning from combat being diagnosed with this condition.
Additionally, suicides have increased dramatically in the last few years and are significantly higher in Warriors of recent war theaters compared with other veterans from previous wars (www.veteransandptsd.com/PTSD-statistics.html). To view an excellent additional resource reviewing this crippling condition, click here. While there are many government and non-profit institutions that perform wonderful services for these heroes, their needs continue to be paramount—many Wounded Warriors are still falling through the cracks and not receiving the help they deserve, despite widespread efforts. It is the desire of the Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation to seal as many of these cracks as possible and to be a significant resource for those Warriors in need.