A recent visit to a couple veteran communities in New Jersey allowed Hope For The Warriors® staff members to meet an extraordinary man on his road to recovery.

While receiving treatment for PTSD, this inpatient service member, Gavin, was recently taught the game of golf by visiting professional golf players. He quickly fell in love with the sport and was invited to participate at a local Mental Health Golf Tournament. To prepare him for this amazing experience, he was donated a set of golf clubs. The only thing missing for his perfect day was a pair of golf shoes. 

That’s when Hope For The Warriors® stepped in. We donated a $200 Visa gift card for Gavin to purchase shoes, along with a golf jersey for him to wear at his tournament. 

Gavin’s caseworker, Jennifer Garcia, of the Brick Township, NJ VA

Gavin has since signed up for our Outdoor Adventures Program and hopes to soon volunteer and participate in events. This cycle of involvement means the world to us. When we step in to fulfill meaningful requests and wishes from service members, they so often realize in themselves a way of life they never saw possible before. And, more often than not, it all comes down to something as simple as a pair of shoes.