Dale Mullin wants to do all he can to help meet the needs of veterans that have returned from war in the Middle East.
“They go to war and survive serious injuries. They’re coming back with traumatic brain injuries, no limbs, PTSD,” he said. “Some of them are deployed three or four times into high-stress areas. We’re asking a lot of them.”
Mullin, a Vietnam War veteran, founded Charity Golf for Wounded Warriors six years ago, a nonprofit that raises funds for other organizations that provide services to veterans. Every year, the organization hosts a dinner and golf tournament to support the Wounded Warrior Project, a charity that offers programs, services and events for wounded veterans of the wars following 9/11.
In its first year, the organization raised just under $50,000. In 2015, they raised about $220,000.
Mullin wanted to start contributing to veterans charity organizations at a local level.
On Jan. 21, Charity Golf for Wounded Warriors donated $25,000 to Hodges University’s veterans scholarship program. The university has seven different scholarships available to veterans, and the donation stands to help as many as 12 veterans.
Mullin was able to go to school on the GI Bill when he returned from Vietnam and wants to help support veterans with their educational goals.
“I can’t think of a better cause than to give to people who are trying to help themselves, improve themselves, provide for their families and become better citizens,” Mullin said.
Hodges University has about 230 veterans enrolled, the majority of which are undergraduate students. Most of the students are between 31 and 40 years of age.
“One of the biggest hurdles to completing a degree is the financial aspect,” said Christine Manson, director of the Dr. Peter Thomas Veterans Services Center at Hodges University. “When students have a financial need not being met 100 percent by VA benefits, they can use our scholarships to make it through. It’s instrumental to get them through the financial challenges of college.”