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Didn't know where to put this so if it needs to be moved please do so!


This isn't a joke or cartoon; just something interesting to know ... you may want to forward this on to others.

On Monday, I played the Disney, Lake Buena Vista course. As usual the starters matched me with three other players. After a few holes we began to get to know each other a bit. One fellow was rather young and had his wife riding along in the golf cart with him. I noticed that his golf bag had his name on it and after closer inspection it also said "wounded war veterans". When I had my first chance to chat with him I asked him about the bag. His response was simply that it was a gift. I then asked if he was wounded and he said yes. When I asked more about his injury, his response was "I'd rather not talk about it, sir".

Over a few holes I learned that he had spent the last 15 months in an army rehabilitation hospital in San Antonio Texas . His wife moved there to be with him and he was released from the hospital in September. He was a rather quiet fellow; however, he did say that he wanted to getgood at golf. We had a nice round and as we became a bit more familiar I asked him about the brand new set of Ping woods and irons he was playing. Some looked like they had never been hit. His response was simple. He said that this round was the first full round he had played with these clubs.

Later in the round he told me the following. As part of the discharge process from the rehabilitation hospital, Ping comes in and provides three days of golf instruction, followed by club fitting. Upon discharge from the hospital, Ping gives each of the discharged veterans, generally about 40 soldiers, a brand new set of custom fitted clubs along with the impressive golf bags.



The fellow I met was named Ben Woods and he looked me in the eye and said that being fitted for those clubs was one of the best things that ever happened to him and he was determined to learn to play golf well enough to deserve the gift Ping had given him. Ben is now out of theservice medically discharged just a month ago. He is as fine a young man as you would ever want to meet.

Ping, whose products are made with pride here in America ( Arizona ), has the good judgment not to advertise this program. God Bless Americaand the game of golf.

Thank you " PING "!!!

"May God Bless our Military!!!"
 

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I always want to believe these stories, but my skeptic side gets the better of me and I have to check them on snopes.

I am happy to report that this one is legit.

Good for Ping for doing this.

snopes.com: PING Aids Wounded Veterans
 

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It's always an amazing thing that there are people and companies that still do things like that.

Any chance that Ping is one of Ruger's Pine Tree Castings products? Just curious as to the AZ connection if there is one.
 

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Thanks for sharing that heartwarming story!
 

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Thanks for sharing this heart warming story. That is awesome for Ping to do that for our great soldiers whose sacrifice keeps this country safe.
Also a big thanks to Ben Woods (great golf name) for serving our country.
I don't play golf,but if I ever start you can bet I will be buying Ping clubs.
 

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I am glad that there are still American companies that are thankful for the sacrifices our service members have made for them.
 

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It is a wonderful thing when an organization or corporation recognizes the sacrifices made by our vets! Kudos to Ping for standing up and being counted. Another firm that receives high marks for assisting veterans is Con-way Freight.

Con-way Freight Receives Department of Defense Awardby PRESS RELEASES on MARCH 27, 2012

Local Service Center Presented with the Patriotic Employer AwardANN ARBOR, Mich., and FREMONT, Ind. – March 26, 2012 – Con-way Freight, a less-than-truckload (LTL) carrier and subsidiary of Con-way Inc. (NYSE:CNW), was presented the Patriotic Employer Award at its Coldwater facility in Fremont, Ind., by the Northeast Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).
The Patriot Award was created by ESGR and the Department of Defense to publicly recognize employers who believe in a strong National Guard and Reserve. Employers qualify for recognition when they demonstrate leadership and promote personnel policies that encourage employee participation in the Guard and Reserve.
“Every one of us slept in a warm, safe bed over the last 24 hours, and we were able to do so without fear as a result of Americans like Sean Dreer, an employee of Con-way Freight who is currently serving in Afghanistan. Sean left his family and his job in order to keep our nation safe,” said David Hohiemer Jr., service center manager, at Con-way Freight’s Coldwater facility. He went on to say, “I am honored to work with a team that recognizes those sacrifices made when an employee has to change uniforms and defend our freedom and who does their best to demonstrate sincere appreciation while helping out whenever and wherever possible.”
Employers who receive the Patriot Award are committed to their employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve, publicly acknowledge the contributions of Reserve component employees to our nation’s defense, and devote resources that go beyond the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) requirements, and provide assistance to Guard and Reserve employee families during mobilizations.
“Soldiers returning from duty have for generations experienced hardship re-entering employment in the private sector,” stated Elizabeth Ransom, program support specialist, ESGR. She continued, “As the drawdown of troops from Iraq and Afghanistan continues, we have a debt of honor to these heroes. They deserve employers who are dedicated to helping them make the transition from military to civilian employment as seamless as possible.”
Con-way offers its employee/soldiers pay differentials and uninterrupted health benefits for their families during the first year of deployment. Over the last five years, the company has paid more than $1.1 million in differential compensation to its deployed citizen/soldiers. The company’s human resources representatives maintain contact with soldiers’ families to ensure that they understand all available benefits, while employee volunteers also provide outreach to families, assisting them with everyday challenges such as home maintenance, auto repairs and snow removal. For employees on active duty, the company sends care packages full of items like soap, shampoo and magazines.
Upon return from active duty, employees are reinstated to the same or equal job, pay and grade level. If an employee needs to move for a returning job, the company pays relocation expenses. To help employees readjust to civilian duty, Con-way’s Employee Assistance Program provides access to counseling through the company’s health benefit plans.
Today, Con-way employs nearly 2,700 military service veterans, including members of the National Guard and Reserve.
Patriot Award winners are eligible for The Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award —the highest recognition given by the U.S. government to employers committed to employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve.
Con-way Inc. is a previous recipient of the Freedom Award, having been conferred the honor in September 2007.
Follow Con-way Freight on Twitter: Con-way Freight (@Conway_Freight) on Twitter
Con-way equipment images are available at www.con-way.com/en/about_con_way/newsroom
About Con-way Freight
Con-way Freight is the industry’s leading less-than-truckload (LTL) freight transportation company, providing guaranteed, day-definite regional and transcontinental service with exception-free delivery, on-time service performance and faster transit times through a single, unified network of more than 300 service centers in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Con-way Freight offers LTL freight transportation across North America and through Global LTLTM delivery in the United States from around the world. Global solutions include international less-than-container (LCL) ocean shipments from Asia through its OceanGuaranteed® service; U.S. and Europe delivery for inbound and outbound international cargoes through an exclusive alliance with TNT; direct service to more than 30 Bahamian and Caribbean ports through TropicalDirectSM; and domestic offshore transportation to Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. Based in Ann Arbor, Mich., Con-way Freight is a certified FAST highway carrier and is C-TPAT/PIP, ACE- and CSA-certified.
Con-way Freight is a subsidiary of Con-way Inc. (NYSE:CNW), a $5.3 billion diversified freight transportation and logistics services company. For more information, visit www.con-way.com/en/freight.
Con-way Freight
Gary Frantz
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Any Person or any Company that does something for our Veterans deserves our thanks and support;;
 

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Great post, thanks
 

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I think this is a great story, but I think it's kind of a shame that it's private companies saying thanks to our vets rather than their government. I just read the other day that since the pullout from Iraq there hasn't been a national parade to recognize their service. Kind of reminds me of the way things happened about forty years ago.
 
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