MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT SAN DIEGO --
Local business and professional leaders took a swing at supporting the military Oct. 19.
The San Diego Downtown Breakfast Rotary Club Foundation hosted their sixth annual golf tournament, “Holes for Heroes,” at the Coronado Municipal Golf Course in Coronado, Calif., to raise money for three organizations who support the local military community.
“Holes for Heroes is one of the most direct military benefit events in the region,” said Dave Ferguson, event chairman. “I cannot think of a more deserving use of time and funds to help our local wounded military, their families and children of veterans.”
During the day-long event, the rotary club exceeded their $100,000 goal through sponsorship and an event auction, to support America’s “Hurting Heroes,” like the wounded warriors with Headquarters and Service Battalion.
“The support from the community really helps,” said Cpl. Jeff Landay, a wounded warrior with Headquarters and Service Battalion. “It’s good to know there are people who still support what we do.”
Landay, a Sacramento native, is currently receiving treatment at Naval Medical Center San Diego after surviving eight improvised explosive device (IED) attacks while deployed to Fallujah, Iraq, from January to May 2006. Landay, a former humvee operator with 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, received three Purple Hearts from the injuries he sustained from the blasts.
Although he has not received direct help from the event beneficiaries, which were Rescue Task Force, Homefront San Diego and the Veterans Village of San Diego, service members in the same situation as Landay have received their support.
Homefront San Diego, a non-profit organization, has helped more than 8,500 families in the past three years with vehicle repair, food assistance and any other problem that may result from having a deployed family member.
Another event beneficiary, Rescue Task Force, dedicates its services to making life easier for wounded service members as they are medically extracted from Iraq.
When service members leave the battlefield, their equipment is sometimes left behind with their unit. RTF offers service members backpacks equipped with personal supplies to compensate for their loss.
The VVSD, the third beneficiary of the event, dedicates its services to support veteran military members.
“The event was fantastic,” said Landay. “It was a great opportunity to get back into the feel of normal life.”