Springfield, VA, November 08, 2016 --(PR.com
)-- Rob Koon, Links to Freedom Golf Foundation Chairman announces that Steve Greiner, PGA will be receiving on November 9th the PGA Patriot Award in recognition of his personification of patriotism through the game of golf and for demonstrating unwavering commitment and dedication to the men and women who have valiantly served and protected the United States of America.
Wounded warriors and disabled veterans spend much or their time in therapy, typically in a clinical setting. Service members are left on their own during the weekends, most often without family members and living in a facility with windows that only open up 4 inches due to the fear of attempted suicide. However, Steve has changed that by providing adaptive golf lessons to the ill or injured service member and their family or caregiver. Surviving spouses of fallen warriors and their children are included as well.
Melissa Meadows, wife and caregiver, states how seeing her husband Jon feel independent and successful is wonderful, and plenty of reward for her, but to be included and encouraged to learn and play or just simply allowed to step back and breath, has been a wonderful blessing for her. "There is so little that we could do initially, and there still not a lot we can do, but, by golly! we play golf!!!"
Steve explains how the injured service members begin to participate in an activity that is tailored to support their adaptive needs upon discharge or during their rehabilitation as an active duty member. They can begin to build a sense of identity in their local communities. Their family members benefit by being able to also participate at no charge in an effort to do something together and to reestablish the necessary emotional relationships and communication needed to survive. By building relationships with others at the golf course, they can build a social and professional network to help with jobs and other societal needs of a family.
"The [Links to Freedom] program literally changed my life. I was angry at everyone and everything when I returned [...]While I have not totally recovered, the sport of golf has given me hope and determination. The same determination I have found in trying to hit that little white ball straight." -Pierre Larkin
Steve will receive his award at the PGA Centennial Celebration which will take place in New York on November 9th, 2016.
Program Development Manager Links to Freedom
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