Veterans Fighting to Save Beloved Pentagon-Funded Golf Course

September 12, 2016

A group of military veterans are fighting to save a beloved government-funded golf course in Washington, D.C.

According to The Washington Post, the Department of Defense is debating whether to continue funding the so-called Old Soldiers’ Home Golf Course, a nine-hole track located on the grounds of the U.S. Armed Forces Retirement Home.

The course dates back to the 1930s and boasts over 200 members and outstanding views of the Washington Monument, but Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon says the facility is losing money and cannot continue to operate at a loss.

“Providing the best services and care to our service members and, in this case, our veterans is of utmost importance to the Defense Department,” Pahon said. “That’s why we are taking a proactive approach toward examining these issues surrounding the golf course and hoping to develop a viable, sustainable business model for the future.”

A group of members calling themselves the Golf Course Guardians launched a YouCaring crowdfunding campaign to raise $250,000 by Dec. 15 in order to keep the course open.

“We, the Veteran Residents, are asking for your help in the form of monetary donations,” writes organizer Ken Faller. “The importance of this golf course is beyond words for those of us who served our country and are seeking vitality and peace during their retirement years.”

As of this writing, the campaign had generated $658 in pledges.