THE PGA OF AMERICA’S tradition of commitment to the United States Military traces back to World War I, when the Association first purchased ambulances to support our nation’s troops. As well, during World War II, PGA members built golf ranges and courses at military hospitals and conducted war bond drives to further the cause.
Today, The PGA’s partnership with the military continues to thrive through educational programs and the support of active golf participation as part of the rehabilitation process for Wounded Warriors and Veterans. This relationship represents a special commitment to our nation’s military that The PGA maintains with great pride, and the bond has never been stronger than it is today.
Currently there are more than 1.3 million active duty military personnel worldwide, while over 300,000 servicemen and women are returning from the current conflicts overseas with some form of disability. In addition, there are more than 23 million military veterans in the United States, of which, there are over 6 million veterans who are disabled to some extent.
The PGA Foundation’s program entitled "PGA H.O.P.E." – (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) is an extension of The PGA’s Wounded Warrior strategy that was implemented at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, D.C.; Brooks Army Medical Center in San Antonio; and Balboa Naval Medical Center in San Diego, in 2007.
"PGA H.O.P.E." is a five-week program designed to introduce golf to veterans with disabilities, in order to enhance their mental, social, physical and emotional well-being. The PGA Foundation, regional PGA Sections and PGA Professionals nationwide are working with local VA hospitals to initiate this program.
The goal is to introduce golf to the veterans with disabilities as an activity to assist them with their progress in rehabilitation, along with helping them to assimilate back into the mainstream of their community, as well into everyday life via:A partnership with VA medical center therapists to address the veteran’s disability. Acclimation of the military veteran to the sport of golf. Golf instruction, playing opportunities and social events for the participants.