At Home Nursing Care proudly supports combat injured veterans with Operation Game On Golf Tournament

San Diego County is home to more than 250,000 veterans, from those who served in World War 2 all the way through the Iraq Wars. Supporting combat injured veterans is critical to thanking the troops who protect freedom for all Americans.

This year, on September 11th, 2023, Operation Game On raised money both for combat injured veterans and thanked first responders for their sacrifice on that fateful day 22 years ago.

For the second year in a row, At Home Nursing Care donated $2500 to the non-profit by both sponsoring and participating in the Golf Tournament at Fairbanks Ranch Golf Course.

At Home Nursing Care Golf Team supporting combat injured veterans
Team Members Lauren Reynolds, Brian Connelly, Kip & Cathy Miller support combat injured veterans.

Operation Game On was started by Tony Perez, a Vietnam veteran who loves golf. In fact, his son Pat Perez is a golf pro who has been on the PGA Tour and LIV Golf.

Each year, the non-profit offers veterans with physical, spiritual or mental difficulties after coming home from war the chance to learn the game of golf. It’s a great opportunity for these combat injured veterans to experience camaraderie, raise their hopes and sometimes learn to play with adaptive equipment to replace arms or legs.

Combat Injured Veteran with Prosthetic Leg Golfing in Tournament
Combat Injured Veteran Enjoying Golf

Tony Perez credits the support the veterans receive to reducing suicide rates among veterans, although he says he is still troubled by losing two of his “guys” to suicide since his program began a decade ago. With the help of donors and supporters, Operation Game On provides ongoing golf rehabilitation, gives combat injured veterans golf lessons, golf equipment, apparel, plus opportunities to play.

Tailor Made has been a major sponsor of the golf lessons for combat injured veterans, including providing specialty fittings for golf clubs to each veteran. The idea is to boost morale of the players, to give them an outlet for any stress or anxiety or mental health issues they may have from their experience in combat. It also creates a community where these veterans can talk with others who understand and can relate to the problems and struggles veterans in particular face.

Couple supporting combat injured veterans through golf tournament
Couple supporting combat injured veterans as tournament players.

“I have a father-in-law who spent 28 years in the navy, both as a fighter pilot and also a captain of several ships. Supporting combat injured veterans is a key part of our mission, in honor of my father in law but also all veterans who served,” said Lauren Reynolds, Founder/Administrator of At Home Nursing Care.

The San Diego County and Los Angeles County home health and home care agency began supporting Operation Game On after meeting Tony Perez and his wife, Sue, and learning about the hands on tools they provide to dozens of combat injured veterans every year.

Cropped 2 veteran Nick Kimmel with KUSI Weather Guy
Combat Injured Veteran Nick Kimmel interviewed by KUSI at the 15 Cup Challenge

At Home Nursing Care has participated in both golf tournaments over the last two years, along with a very fun 15 cup challenge where supports can try to get a “hole in one” with a very large cup on the green rather than the typical small cup.

Volunteer Kelli at golf tournament for Combat Injured Veterans
Kelli, Volunteer for Operation Game On

Thank you to al the wonderful supports who played golf, purchased raffle tickets, donated to the live auction and raffle items and gave their valuable time and energy to this important cause.

At Home Nursing Care Booth at Operation Game On, Supporting Combat Injured Veterans
At Home Nursing Care Booth

At Home Nursing Care is a proud member of the VA Community Care Network and looks forward to eventually being allowed to serve veterans with in home care throughout San Diego County along with Los Angeles County.

067 Eatery Supporting Combat Injured Veterans as sponsor
067 Eatery supporting combat injured veterans as sponsor

To learn more about Operation Game On, click here.

To find out more about in home care for veterans through the VA Community Care Network, click here.

Tanner, supporting combat injured veterans as player in tournament.