Nearly every hour in the U.S., a veteran takes their own life. It’s an awful reality that is sobering, and hard to understand, and gut-wrenchingly real. The fact is that suicide is a major issue in the veteran community. Statistics show that 22 veterans each day commit suicide. It’s 22 too many.
Five years ago, with those devastating statistics in mind, three visionary community members in Northern California identified a growing need for veteran support. It was clear that the region’s nearly 377,000 veterans were underserved, and they set out to create a therapeutic golfing program that could change the narrative – and with it, the lives of thousands of at-risk veterans.
The trio teamed up with PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) and created the first Northern California chapter. It was, shall we say, a slow start. Despite aggressive recruiting and partnership with professional PGA instructors, the three founders launched the first golf clinic session… with one veteran in attendance.