Golf outing raises funds for returning veterans


– Photo courtesy of Vets Returning Home

Sandy Bowers (left), founder of VRH, with Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson at the Vets Returning Home  annual golf outing on June 27 at Wabeek Country Club.

Vets Returning Home (VRH) hosted its annual golf outing on June 27 at Wabeek Country Club. VRH, recognized as one of the best veteran programs in the state, has housed more than 400 veterans in the three years it has been in existence. The organization is fully staffed by dedicated volunteers and receives absolutely no funding from the government.

Sandy Bower, founder of VRH, commented that it was a "special honor" to have VRH be the charity chosen by the Tiger alumni to benefit from their annual golf outing. Bower stated that it "was so humbling to see the Tiger alumni coming together in support of the veterans who need so much." A special guest at the outing was Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson. Garth Wooten, director of Veterans Affairs for Oakland County, and other county personnel also were there in support of VRH.

A strong supporter of VRH and a U.S. Army veteran himself, retired Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Fred M. Mester was "thrilled to see the Tiger alumni come from all parts of the country to support VRH." Alumni in attendance included Jack Morris, Al Kaline, Lou Whitaker, Mickey Stanley, Mickey Lolich, Mike Henneman, and many more.

"The event was filled to capacity and a wonderful day was had by all in attendance," said Mester.

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Published: Tue, Jul 26, 2016