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.
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.)
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In 2013 the Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation raised funds to purchase a 12-passenger van for the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) that will be used in several East Texas area counties. The van will enable DAV drivers to pick up veterans and wounded warriors at their homes and transport them to various VA medical facilities. This contribution falls in line with the mission of the foundation to empower those who have served our country and who require additional assistance because of their war injuries. ($18,000)
The Warrior and Family Support Center at Brooke Army Medical Center continues to receive support from the Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation with monthly meals for 200-250 wounded warriors and their families. The WFSC is located only 100 yards from the hospital in San Antonio and provides a restful area for wounded warriors following their daily medical appointments. Warriors are provided various opportunities to relax by watching TV, learning new skills or working on computers, visiting with family members, and spending time away from hospital activities. Other programs the WFSC offers give wounded warriors an opportunity to direct their thoughts away from their injuries. ($24,000)
The primary focus of the Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation has been on providing Pro-Am golf events for the benefit of warriors. In 2013, there were two Pro-Ams, one in Tyler and the other at Horseshoe Bay in Central Texas, with a total of 41 wounded warriors participating. Brooke Army Medical Center (primarily the Warrior and Family Support Center) provided warriors for each event. These golf events have helped restore self-esteem and confidence and provide a weekend of camaraderie, encouragement and fun. They have benefited wounded warriors whose lives were becoming difficult and who needed a break from regular routines. ($31,500)
In 2013 the Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation also purchased 46 bronze plaques that are exhibited on the “Freedom Wall” at the KE Bushman Celebration Center in Bullard. These plaques honor the brave men and women who have served our nation, including some who made the ultimate sacrifice. ($4,600)
Also In 2013, eight wounded warriors and their families received individual and immediate support from the Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation to help with needs such as paying rent, making a house or car payment, purchasing food, and providing gift cards or travel when government organizations were unable to do so on a timely basis. ($20,000)