Veteran Named PGA HOPE Ambassador Supports Local Community



Veteran Named PGA HOPE Ambassador Supports Local Community

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Chuck Lewis Named PGA HOPE Ambassador after PGA HOPE Training at Congressional Country Club

RONAN — Chuck Lewis, a local military veteran from Ronan, has been honored with the title of PGA HOPE Ambassador. This recognition follows his completion of a specialized training program at the prestigious Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland, as part of the PGA HOPE National Golf and Wellness Week. PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) is a rehabilitative golf program that positively impacts over 12,000 Veterans annually, including those facing physical and cognitive challenges such as PTSD, TBI, and amputations.

In his role as a PGA HOPE Ambassador, Chuck Lewis will be a strong advocate for this life-changing program in the Pacific Northwest PGA Section.

Chuck Lewis, also known as the “Montana Honor Guard,” is a United States Marine Corps veteran (1970-1974) and served in the United States Navy Reserve (1980-1988). He worked as an Avionics Technician on various aircraft, including the CH-53 (+Air Crew), A-4, OV-10, and FA-18, serving at Marine Corps Air Stations in Tustin, California; Futenma, Okinawa; USS Okinawa/Tripoli; Republic of Vietnam; El Toro, California; and the Naval Air Warfare Center at China Lake, California.

Chuck has received numerous awards, including National Defense, Good Conduct, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign, Aircrew Wings, and Rifle/Pistol Expert in the USMC, and Naval Reserve and Rifle/Pistol Expert in the USNR.

Through the Veteran Service Network of Missoula, Chuck learned about an opportunity for military veterans to learn golf through the PGA HOPE program. He enrolled in the August 2022 class at the Missoula Country Club and embraced the challenge. Chuck views golf as a therapeutic activity for the mind and a way to improve physical fitness. Sharing his PGA HOPE experience with other veterans aligns with his commitment to other self-help projects for veterans. He has also initiated a program called “Plan Bee,” which uses beekeeping as therapy to assist military veterans in Northwestern Montana who may be disabled, wounded, or dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder.


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