Fairways for Freedom

Each issue, the editorial staff of Military Embedded Systems will highlight a different charitable organization that benefits the military, veterans, and their families. We are honored to cover the technology that protects those who protect us every day. To back that up, our parent company – OpenSystems Media – will make a donation to every group we showcase on this page.

This issue we are highlighting Fairways for Freedom, a 501 (c)(3) organization that strives to help combat-injured U.S. armed services veterans assimilate back into society through holistic initiatives and through the game of golf. Playing in a peaceful and welcoming environment such as Ireland and Scotland, and continually aiming to improve at a physically and mentally challenging game, provides a positive experience and helps as they overcome their injuries, say organization officials.

Fairways for Freedom was cofounded by Roger Schiffman, who was the managing editor of Golf Digest from 1984 to 2013; and his spouse Dr. Patricia Donnelly, a sport psychotherapist, yoga therapist, and performance coach.

Many U.S. veterans struggle with physical disabilities, including loss of limbs, and with mental-health issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). The Fairways for Freedom program, according to organization materials, provides combat-injured veterans with instruction and practice in evidence-informed, clinically tested, self-regulation techniques; opportunities for therapeutic, recreational, and community-building social activities; training on healthy lifestyle choices; and education about community-based resources for post-retreat reintegration.

An additional goal is to connect leaders in the business community (which the organization calls Ambassador/Donors) with combat-injured veterans through the game of golf. Business professionals serve as both sponsors and mentors to the veterans. In turn, say organization officials, the business leaders learn the true meaning of sacrifice.

For more information on Fairways for Freedom, please visit www.fairwaysforfreedom.us.