Veterans for Veterans Golf Tournament

A daring attempt to rescue 53 American hostages in Iran 38 years ago left eight servicemen and 17 of their children behind along with a battlefield promise to care for these children. It’s a mission that continues and still grows today through the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.

They’re getting ready to tee off for the Veterans for Veterans second annual golf tournament at Bayou Vista Golf Course in Gulfport. A fundraiser for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, this tournament has roots dating back to nearly 40 years ago. Richard ‘Taco’ Sanchez with Veterans for Veterans Golf Tournament said, “It came about in 1980 when we tried to rescue the American hostages in Iran. We ran a helicopter and a 130 together. We killed 8 that night, leaving 17 kids. We made a pact in the desert that night that we would take care of the child of everyone killed through a college or bachelor’s degree. It’s a full ride. They pay for nothing.”

They’ve made good on that promise. Since 1980, the foundation has sent hundreds of young people to college to get a higher education. This second annual Veterans for Veterans Golf Tournament will ensure that even more children of the military men and women we’ve lost will also get a higher education. “We take care of all Special Operations children of those killed to date. We’ve got over 380 graduated, and I think we have about 1,100 in the hopper.”

Mark Harrison with Bayou Vista Golf Course said, “There’s no better cause than supporting our veterans, the children of the wounded warriors who have fallen. Last year was an absolute excellent event. It happened on 11-11. It started at 11:11. It honored the 11 that died in the helicopter crash that happened up north in Mississippi. We took care of their children. We raised a good sum of money for them and hope to do even better this year.”

“You can do one of two things. You can come out and play on Saturday. We still have teams open. You can make a donation. Turan Foley has a Colorado truck out here for a hole in one prize. It’s important because the end result is, it’s about the kids.”

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