Our current and past beneficiary organizations

 
Balboa Naval Medical Center – San Diego Armed Services YMCA serves our physically and mentally wounded, injured and ill military at Balboa Hospital. Many of the wounded participants in our Holes for Heroes® Military Tribute Events are patients. ASYMCA also helps care for the “most serious” of the wounded on floor "C-5." In the words of a wounded military player participant, “We know the community supports us, but we don’t often get the opportunity to participate ….Holes for Heroes® events provide us that opportunity ...it’s awesome!”  www.militaryymca.org
 
Home Front San Diegovia San Diego Navy League, a non-profit 501(c)(3), assists young enlisted military families (E5 and below) of all services who find themselves in need of food, furniture, repairs, baby items, and emergency needs.  Often the military member of the family is absent due to deployment, and emergencies require immediate assistance.  Home Front San Diego is 100% volunteer, uses its own vehicles and supplies its own equipment, so it has almost no overhead and no office expenses.  Funds are administered through Navy League, and dispensed directly to the service supplier, not to the family directly. www.homefrontsandiego.org

Freedom Dogs (San Diego) provides very special 4-legged “Heroes for our Heroes” to help speed the recovery and enhance the lives of wounded military heroes through the use of specialty-trained service dogs. Freedom Dogs teams Specialty Service Dogs and a trainer with troops returning from war with PTSD and physical limitations. The dogs must go through two years of custom training to become a Freedom Dog and assist our wounded Heroes on a temporary "Partner Program" or a "Life-Time" permanent basis. All programs are offered at no cost to the wounded warrior although it costs around $50,000 to complete the two-year training program. Specialty skills include retrieval skills (such as a leash, keys or medical equipment), bracing to assist in getting in or out of a chair or the lifting of limbs, human-animal bond (psychosocial support), assist with dressing and undressing, assist with opening doors (appliance doors, cupboards, file cabinets), elevator buttons, handicapped door-opening, holding items to be worked on (steadies or holds tools, utensils, tote bags), and carrying items. Freedom Dogs is a 100% all volunteer organization, 501(c)(3) (EIN 43-2106405). www.freedomdogs.org
 
Pegasus Rising partners horses with humans to heal our U.S. military personnel who are reintegrating back into their civilian lives, especially those who have been diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury, through their Equine Assisted Experiential Health Therapy ("EAT") programs. EAT programs also include couples and/or family sessions for military families to address family-based issues that have arisen since their loved ones have returned from overseas duty. By interacting with the Pegasus herd as equals, without any form of domination, our program helps military personnel reconnect with their civilian lives in a natural and fun way. Pegasus Rising is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. www.pegasusrising.org
 
Operation "BIGS" was launched in 2004 by the Big Brothers and Sisters Organization of San Diego and is the first program of its kind in the nation. Operation BIGS is specifically designed around the unique needs of military dependant children including those whose parent is deployed, has been killed or is having trouble just dealing with the stress of military life by providing “BIGS” who are in the military, retired or civilian as mentors to these children of military families. Volunteers meet with children at their schools or a neighborhood community center and provide quality one-to-one friendship time that is so important to a military child. Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  www.sdbigs.org
 
Camp Pendleton Armed Services YMCA is a civilian non-profit organization located on the USMC base whose mission is to enhance the lives of military personnel and their family members in spirit, mind, and body. Combat Units at Camp Pendleton have suffered and will continue to suffer some of the highest combat losses, constant in-country rotations, deployments and separations, adding fear and stress to their families.The ASYMCA offers programs and services that strengthen families and encourage individuals to achieve their fullest potential. The ASYMCA here particularly focuses on meeting the needs of families of enlisted ranks, many of whom have spouses who are deployed and live close to the poverty line. The Camp Pendleton Armed Services YMCA is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.  www.camppendletonasymca.org
 
Veterans Village of San Diego (VVSD), founded in 1981 by five Vietnam veterans dealing with their own addictions from the Vietnam War, is based on the military code “Leave No One In The Field” and is dedicated to assisting needy and homeless veterans of all wars (and their families) by providing housing, substance abuse recovery, mental health counseling, food, clothing, job training and placement. There are 2,000 homeless veterans on San Diego streets each night representing 40% of all of San Diego’s homeless; 67% are substance abusers with treatable mental illness. VVSD is nationally recognized for its programs and unparalleled successes. Through the “Veterans Village” residential treatment facility (4141 Pacific Coast Highway) and “Stand Down” (held annually at Balboa Stadium), VVSD serves thousands of veterans in our community. More than 80% of VVSD residential treatment graduates are still clean and sober with life-sustaining incomes. VVSD is a non-profit, 501 (c)(3) organization. www.vvsd.net
 
One More Wave Surf Corp  was founded by a former Navy Seal and provides "Ocean Therapy" in the healing recovery and treatment of veterans with physical limitations, TBI and PTSD.   Its mission is to provide wounded or disabled veterans access to surfing by providing them with customized surfing equipment and assistance. This enables the riders to achieve therapy through the ocean.  One More Wave Surf Corp, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.    www.onemw.org
 
Honor Flight San Diego is a 100% volunteer team dedicated to escorting the most senior veterans (currently WWII era) to Washington D.C. to visit and reflect at the memorials dedicated to their heroism and sacrifice.  There is no charge for the WWII veterans and monies raised go directly to the cost of the trip.  There is a waiting list of more than 100 Southern California veterans for this honor.  Honor Flight San Diego is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  www.honorflightsandiego.org 
 
USO San Diego Neil Ash Airport is the largest USO Center in the world. Open 365 days a year, it provides support, food, refreshments, rest, Internet, and recreation to more than 125,000 service members and their families annually in transition to/from MCRD boot camp, Camp Pendleton and other local military facilities—all at no cost to the service member. 100% civilian volunteer, the USO is a non-profit 501(c)(3). www.usosandiego.org
 
Physician Advocates for Veterans (PAVE) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, founded in 2013 by two retired physicians. Originally sponsored by the San Diego County Medical Society, PAVE received its own nonprofit status in 2015. PAVE provides free medical counseling to personnel within six months of transitioning out of the military as well as to veterans (and their caregivers) from any era and with any discharge status. Twenty retired physicians advocate for veterans to help them understand medical diagnoses, medications, treatment options and procedures. Like having a doctor as a friend, PAVE’s Physician Advocates listen with compassion and share decades of experience to help empower veterans to achieve better interaction with their primary care doctors, and access to the care they’ve earned and deserve. PAVE is a safety-net for veterans with unresolved healthcare issues. As good health is the hub for success and quality in life, PAVE’s mission is “Health for our Heroes!”   www.PAVE4vets.org
  

Angels of America’s Fallen is a national rapidly expanding, non-profit organization with the sole purpose of standing with the children of America’s fallen military and first responders while also honoring their fallen parent’s legacy. Angels of America's Fallen enters each child’s journey to help them write their own stories of success during their most critical developmental years. They do this by directly funding, on an individual basis, the healthy developmental activity of the child's choice (with a coach or instructor). The results are amazing and it is a unique pleasure to see positive transformation in the lives of the children of America’s fallen.  www.aoafallen.org


San Diego Downtown Breakfast Rotary Foundation  Chartered in 1990, the San Diego Downtown Breakfast Rotary Club is an "all-volunteer" service organization of business and professional leaders united to conduct and fund humanitarian projects locally, nationally and internationally. Our motto is “Service Above Self." We present Holes for Heroes® Military Appreciation Events because of the large number of military in our region and the current need to support our wounded heroes, front line troops, children and families of deployed troops and KIAs, and recovering veterans. Holes for Heroes® Military Appreciation Events provide a special opportunity for the community-at-large to say, “Thank you!” to our troops, up close and personal. No funds go to club operations. San Diego Downtown Breakfast Rotary Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, EIN 33-0596091.  www.sdrotary.org