The mission of the Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation is to raise awareness, to honor, and to empower our Wounded United States Military Warriors, 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.
Pictured are the organizers from left to right: Charles Oldham, Bonnie Layne, Dick Goetz (TXWWF Chairman), Kenny Conner, David Ray, Larry Rains and (not pictured) Gene Roberson. The second annual car show raised $2,920 for The Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation, September 20th, 2014.
Dick Goetz, Chairman of Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation; John Solheim, CEO of PING Golf; LTC Kurt Kosmatka, US Army retired; Jack Goetz, Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation Board Member.
"When I came out of my coma in the summer 2007, following my MEDEVAC from Iraq, I was paralyzed, my eyelids were sutchered closed, a ventilator was breathing for me, and a feeding tube was down my throat. When I realized I was still alive, my faith in Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior kept me going, as did thoughts of my children (seven, five and three years old at the time). One other thing dominated my thinking; would I be able to golf again? My doctors weren't sure, but I knew someday, somehow, I would. That was my goal. I played a lot of golf in my mind, but finally now after some recovery, though still somewhat limited, I can golf for real.
On 12 March 2014 I had a real awesome experience visiting the PING golf club plant in Phoenix, AZ with Dick and Jack Goetz. PING's Pro-Tour Department head, Chance, had David Ulrich give Dick, Jack and me a personalized tour of the PING complex. David showed us how every PING club is individually shaped, bent, sized, and assembled. The employees took great care to ensure the quality and accuracy of their work and seemed to enjoy being there.
After our tour, Jack and Bill of PING "fitted" us under the VIP tent. They used cutting edge computer technology and software, as well as their expertise to analyze our swings to determine what club and shaft variations would best match our size, strength, and form. Jack used computerized avatar readings and measurements taken all the way from our stance, through the ball-strike, and to our follow-through. Their tools also assessed ball height and precise distance based on the angle it fell onto the microphonic surface of the ball landing area. As if things couldn't be better, John Solheim, PING Chairman and CEO came out to the VIP tent and visited with us for a while. John, Dick and Jack had known each other for several years. John expressed his thanks to me for having served in the military and in Iraq, and invited us back anytime. Our visit to PING was truly a wonderful experience for me, thanks to Dick Goetz. Being there provided me with an even greater understanding of and deeper appreciation for golf. I can't wait to get back out on the course."
Kurt J. Kosmatka LTC, US Army (ret.)