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Veterans Golf Program

In 2012, at the request of Mather VA Hospital, Marine Corps veteran Joe Neff created the Veteran’s Golf Program.  What began as a six man team is now pushing 100 participants and is open to all veterans whether male, female, disabled, injured, or ill. There is no cost for the participants, the program is 100% self-sufficient, and comprised of volunteer coaches.

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Through the generosity of individual donors and sponsoring businesses, they’ve scaled to expand their influence outside of just golf. They also provide equipment, transportation, and even housing for veterans in need. This past holiday season they provided dinners, presents, and friendly support for in need vets and their families.

The sport of golf has allowed veterans of various backgrounds and ages to gather in a nurturing atmosphere in which to train, play, and socialize with fellow vets. 

If you’re looking for healthy exercise, excellent instruction, and a chance to reconnect with fellow vets, this is your place. All skill levels are welcome, please contact:
Joe Neff, Director VGP at veteransgolfprogram@gmail.com


Our First Month In Review

We would like to begin by thanking all of our advisors, supporters, and early donors for helping us pursue our mission of supporting veteran empowering organizations. Without your guidance and encouragement, we would have not been able to do what we have done so far. Thank you!

Our Mission
As a nonprofit travel agency built to alleviate travel burdens for veteran supporting organizations, we aggregate donated frequent flyer miles and leverage our network of drivers get veterans to empowerment events. The process of transitioning out of the military is daunting, and we seek to make that process seamless.

By The Numbers
While we have been developing since last year, we launched our minimal viable product via our website on March 20, 2018. Since then we have raised 127,830 miles, sponsored 3 veteran empowering events, and partnered with 8 nonprofits. We started as an idea, but today we are making real change. Today, over 45,000 veteran supporting organizations are registered with the IRS, but 64% of them fail to make a single contribution due to the daunting overhead costs.

Courtesy US Department of Defense/ EJ Hersom

Courtesy US Department of Defense/ EJ Hersom

Who Are Our Veterans?
We sponsored veterans of various backgrounds with different needs. The first veteran was Chris McGinnis, an Army veteran competing at the Warrior Games this year. After he suffered from a lower body injury in Afghanistan, the Warrior Games have provided an opportunity for him to compete again, giving him “an even bigger sense of mental strength [to be] more resilient than [he] was before.” We are ecstatic to support SGT McGinnis as he competes to challenge himself and set the standard for all wounded veterans.

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Milestones
Since our launch, we have worked hard to spread the mission of The Extra Mile Foundation, from social media to pitching at competitions. On March 13, we competed at the Mid-Hudson Business Plan Competition, and secured first place. We received a $1,000 prize, which went straight to funding veterans. We are heading to the New York State competition on April 27th in an attempt to reach more individuals and create partnerships. Our goal for the next five months is to raise awareness, support more veterans, and partner with veteran centric corporations.

Thank you very much for following our path to success. Please feel free to reach out to us at any time if you would like to support the cause or recommend an organization that could use our help.

Best,
Andrew Lee
Founder and Executive Director