We plan to build at least 10 practice facilities on U.S. military bases in the next 5 years. These practice facilities could include an indoor clubhouse with hitting bays, outdoor putting green or golf holes adapted to the special needs of these wounded warriors.
The first facility is planned for Fort Belvoir, VA, which has a large population of wounded, ill or injured service members and veterans, many of whom received initial rehabilitated in the Warrior Transition Unit (WTU) there. WTUs support soldiers requiring at least 6 months of rehabilitative care and complex medical management, as well as mobilized reserve component soldiers requiring definitive care. The injuries of these soldiers range from upper/lower extremity injuries to traumatic brain injuries.
Fort Belvoir’s therapeutic golf program has already achieved significant success, but its facilities are inadequate to accommodate larger numbers of wounded warriors. Adding a Veterans Clubhouse and indoor/outdoor putting green for year-round training and rehab will allow the Fort Belvoir program to increase its therapeutic golf offerings and become the national model for the WOTG concept.
Additional facilities are envisioned on or near other military installations and Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities with large numbers of wounded, ill or injured veterans. Discussions are also underway at Fort Gordon, GA and San Antonio, TX.