Strength in Support, a local nonprofit organization that provides free and low-cost counseling to active military members, veterans and their families, is hosting a golf tournament on Wednesday, Sept. 10 to aid their outreach efforts. Pictured here, the organization hosts a stand-up paddleboard clinic at Baby Beach, just one of the many activities it offers Orange County’s military population. Photo: Andrea Papagianis
Strength in Support, a local nonprofit organization that provides free and low-cost counseling to active military members, veterans and their families, is hosting a golf tournament on Wednesday, Sept. 10 to aid their outreach efforts. Pictured here, the organization hosts a stand-up paddleboard clinic at Baby Beach, just one of the many activities it offers Orange County’s military population. Photo: Andrea Papagianis

By Andrea Papagianis

Seeing a need for affordable access to mental-health services among their military clients, founders of the nonprofit Strength in Support began working to ensure military personnel, both past and present, and their families have needed low- to no-cost counseling at hand.

The organization is now asking for community support to further strengthen their operation. On Wednesday, Sept. 10, Strength in Support will host its inaugural golf tournament where participants will play alongside those who served their nation. The event will also remember the men and women who lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks and those who followed in the nation’s wars.

After 13 years of war, an estimated 300,000 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans suffer from the anxiety disorder known as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and some 1.8 million living veterans from America’s wars battle with substance abuse, according to Strength in Support.

The tournament will be held at Monarch Beach Golf Links, located at 50 Monarch Beach Resort. Registration begins at 10 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. Individuals can sign up to play for $300 and foursomes for $1,200. There are also opportunities to sponsor a veteran.

Find out more about the event at organization at www.strengthinsupport.org.

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