5th Squad Veterans Cup golf tournament is Saturday

Published 4:45 pm Monday, July 10, 2023

The 5th Squad Second Annual Veterans Cup golf tournament will be July 15 at Wolf Hollow in Wesson.

The two-person scramble format tournament will have cash and door prizes. Lunch will be provided. All proceeds go directly to help Mississippi veterans in need.

The cost is $250 per team or $125 per person, which includes 18 holes of play, use of a golf cart, lunch and one door prize. Registration begins at 8 a.m., followed by shotgun start at 9 a.m. Title sponsors are Titan Signs & Wraps and Elite Beverage.

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So far in 2023, 5th Squad has helped 77 veterans with more than $25,000 in assistance. The “veterans helping veterans” non-profit has hosted events to support more than 1,200 deploying Mississippi National Guard soldiers.

In addition, 5th Squad is in the process of donating $50,000 worth of rolling gym bags filled with toiletries and other necessities to homeless and vulnerable veterans, made possible by a partnership with Keesler Federal Credit Union.

“If we know of a veteran who is two months behind on his light bill and needs assistance, we’ll step in and pay the bill to help them get caught up,” said Peter Griffin, 5th Squad member, Armed Forces veteran and Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputy. “We’ve paid rent to keep veterans from becoming homeless, if that’s the danger. If a veteran is homeless, we will pay first and last month’s rent, or a deposit, so that veteran can get off the street and back on their feet.”

The group partners with the Mississippi Braves, where a portion of proceeds from specific games go to 5th Squad to help veterans. The Memorial Day game raised more than $26,000 for the charity. The next such event is Aug. 18.

Griffin encourages everyone who can participate to be there for the golf tournament this coming weekend.

“It’s a great day of fun and supports a great cause, providing life-sustaining assistance to Mississippi veterans in need,” he said.

To register online or become a sponsor, visit https://app.eventcaddy.com/events/2nd-annual-veterans-cup

For more information, contact Peter Griffin at peter@5thsquad.org.