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15th Annual Chenega Invitational
Old Hickory Golf Club
Woodbridge, VA

Team Registration: $640

Individual Registration: $160

Registration Includes:

+ Greens & Cart Fees

+ Driving Range Prior to Start

+ Continental Breakfast

+ Lunch

+ All Beverages

+ Contribution to Vigilant Torch Association

Sponsorships and Donations are 100% tax deductible and benefit Vigilant Torch Association

Every donation makes a huge difference in helping us reach our fundraising goal. If you have any raffle prizes you would be willing to donate, please reach out to Hannah.doyle@chenega.com for more information on how to donate these items.

Chenega Invitational

Vigilant Torch Association (VTA) is a volunteer organization that provides vital financial support to the Special Operations Community in their greatest time of need. They do this through emergency relief funds, especially for those wounded or killed in action, family maintenance/resilience support, and scholarships for family members.

For those who may not know, the Special Operations Forces (SOF) are highly skilled individuals trained to carry out special and specific types of missions. With this expertise comes extreme responsibilities as well as intense combat in many situations. On top of this, deployments may be longer, and Special Operations soldiers, in turn, are more likely to experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Being in a career that teaches “toughness” and to “keep going no matter the conditions,” there tend to be many barriers to seeking help when experiencing PTSD. When this disease goes untreated, mental health, unfortunately, suffers immensely. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, female veterans are 1.8 times more likely to commit suicide than nonmilitary females, and male veterans are 1.4 times more likely to commit suicide than nonmilitary males. As if those numbers weren’t scary and sad enough, according to the New York Times, between 2007 and 2015, there were 117 suicides among the SOF, a rate of 39.3 per 100,000 servicemen/women compared with 22.9 per 100,000 for the armed forces as a whole.

These statistics are why VTA takes such pride in its mission to serve the Special Operations Community. These service members go through enough in their career of serving our country, so even the slightest bit of assistance can take an extreme load off of their shoulders and give their families a much needed peace of mind.

Travis, a retired Special Ops member, said, “The VTA wants to help families, and they prove that every day. My extended family was in awe of the thoughtfulness of the VTA and their willingness to help. The VTA is like no other organization that I’ve been part of, and I’m proud to be a member. I can sit back and reflect on all the great moments I was able to spend with my father during his last days, and I owe that to the VTA”.

The Vigilant Torch serves “Because our Soldiers and their Families Deserve our Help.” To learn more about the VTA efforts, please go to Vigilant-Torch.org.

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