NORWALK, Conn. (WTNH)– There were certainly thousands of rounds of golf played around the state of Connecticut Monday. But none were more important than the ones played at Shorehaven Golf Club in Norwalk where players ‘tee-it-up’ to help American heroes returning from war.
The 5th annual Housing for Heroes Connecticut Golf Classic is unlike most other charity golf events, not many kick-off with a 21 gun salute. Patriotic pride was as much a part of Monday’s event as a perfectly hit tee shot or well struck putt. The money raised goes to benefit the Veteran’s Housing Assistance Fund.
“The classic benefits our homeless veterans in terms of dollars being used for up front money for various reasons, legal things and for preparing for buying houses,” said Art Decko, Heroes Connecticut Golf Classic.
Ernest Johnson knows all to well about the struggles of re-adjusting to civilian life after serving in the military. He returned from Iraq four years ago. Now he works to help other returning veterans, many who deal with the issue of a place to live.
“When you’re homeless, you don’t have a job, you don’t have an address to put anything down and you just live every day on the edge not knowing if you’re going to be safe and it’s very difficult to live in a society where it’s easier to look away than deal with the human strife, especially who risk their lives to protect you,” said Johnson.
A reason for these golfers to hit the links so more vets will have a roof over their head and a better opportunity to move forward after risking their lives for all of us.
Among the VIP’s teeing it up at the ‘Housing for Heroes’ classic was Sports Team 8 Director Noah Finz. He’ll have more on the event tonight on SportzEdge at 10:45 p.m. on ‘MyTV 9’.