Training, Exposure, Experience (TEE)

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The National Disabled Veterans TEE (Train, Expose, Experience) Tournament (NDVTEE) is a week-long adaptive golf program that is hosted by the Iowa City Veterans Healthcare System.  This annual event promotes rehabilitation by instructing veterans with visual impairments and other life-changing disabilities in adaptive golf.  In addition to adaptive golf veterans will be introduced to other adaptive recreational sports.

The NDVTEE Tournament leverages VHA’s adaptive sports medicine model with adaptive golf as the focus to health and wellness promotion.  All the activities offered by the NDVTEE Tournament office will give veterans an opportunity to develop new skills, strengthen their self-esteem, and expand fellowship and camaraderie among the participants.  The events provide eligible veterans with an opportunity to participate in therapeutic adaptive sporting, fishing and hunting activities; which demonstrates that having a visual impairment or physical disability is a conquerable obstacle to an active, fulfilling and rewarding life.

NDVTEE success has led to the development of the regional programs for veterans:   

  • The TEE Tournament Swing Clinics is a program for any veteran, regardless of disability, who is serviced by the Iowa City VA Health Care System.  This is a traveling one-day golf program led by PGA golf professionals.
  • The GIVE Program is a program for any veteran, regardless of disability, who is serviced by the VISN 23 region of the Department of Veterans Affairs.  The program provides veterans with 5-session of golf instruction led by PGA golf professionals and an opportunity to receive discounted golf at area golf courses.
  • Veterans Casting Away Disabilities is a week-long fishing program offered to veterans in the VISN 23 region of the Department of Veterans Affairs that suffer from a severe life changing disability.  The fishing program is partnered with DAV State of Iowa Chapters, Eagles Aeries 695 and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
  • Disabled Veterans Hunt is a two-day hunting program offered to veterans from the State of Iowa that suffer from a severe life changing disability.  This hunting program is partnered with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and True Impact Outdoors.

Athlete and volunteer registration information:

2019 Event Schedule
2019 Information Sheet
2019 Application
Volunteer Registration
NDVTEE Tournament Poster

 

Co-Sponsors:

  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
  • Disabled American Veterans – DAV

Sponsor Guide

Host:
Iowa City VA Health Care System

Events:

This four-day clinic consists of golf and golf instruction as our focus, with opportunities of exposure to other recreational activities to include kayaking, pontoon fishing, horseback riding, horseshoes, disc golf, and adaptive biking as well as other health educational opportunities.

Location:

The clinic will be held in the Iowa City, Iowa area.

 

Eligibility:

Participation is open to male and female military service veterans with qualifying disabilities such as visual impairments, amputations, traumatic brain injuries, psychological trauma, certain neurological conditions, spinal cord injuries and other severe life changing disabilities.  All disabilities are subject to review by the National Disabled Veterans TEE Tournament (NDVTEE) Medical Director and Program Director.

Here are a few examples of common diagnoses that do not usually qualify for the NDVTEE:

  • Low back pain (even if you’ve had surgery)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Degenerative joint disease/osteoarthritis,
  • Chronic pain
  • Diabetes

Degree of service-connectedness, whether in general or specifically related to an injury, does not influence qualification for the tournament.

What do I need to bring with me to the event?

Participants should bring clothes appropriate for the golf course, a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, MEDICATION, personal identification and personal equipment (i.e. golf clubs, bowling ball).

For information or to request an application, please contact

Acting NDVTEE Director:

Nicholas Beelner
(319) 338-0581, ext. 6431

TEE Tournament Program Specialist:

Kimberly Heeren
(319) 358-5962 (office)
(319) 621-0891 (mobile)
601 Hwy 6 West
Iowa City, IA 52246

DAV National Voluntary Services Director:

John Kleindienst
(859) 442-2056

VA Media Lead

Jennifer Dikes
(385) 227-2906

DAV Media Lead

Janice Hagar
(321) 217-8255

 

Eldon Miller has been teeing up at the National Veterans Training, Exposure, and Experience (TEE) Tournament since the program began over 20 years ago.

Miller, an Army Veteran from Kalona, Iowa, was 21 years old in 1974 when he lost his vision after a truckload of ammunition exploded during a training exercise.

“You learn to depend a lot on your hearing,” he said. “There are always different challenges you have to overcome.”

In 1994, Miller was one of 36 Veterans to participate in the inaugural Veterans adaptive golf clinic in Nauvoo, Ill, an event that would eventually evolve into the National Disabled Veterans TEE Tournament.

Today, the program provides adaptive golf instruction and other physical activities for nearly 200 Veterans representing 33 states across the country.

“As a Veteran, you really look forward to these events,” Miller said. “They keep you active and keep you motivated.”

The National Disabled Veterans TEE Tournament is once again hosted by the Iowa City VA Healthcare System where Miller receives his care, including nearly 350 volunteers from the local community.

“Our local VA is so dedicated,” he said. “This is only possible because of them.”

Video Spotlight

Veteran’s Recovery…Using Golf!


When Army Veteran Homer Hudnall, Jr lost his right leg, he thought it was over. But then, Homer discovered the therapeutic value of adaptive sports, and he hasn’t looked back. Homer credits the National Disabled Veterans TEE Tournament with saving his life. Learn more about the TEE Tournament at www.tee.va.gov!

TEE Tournament GIVE Program


TEE Tournament GIVE Program featured on Golf Channel’s Morning Drive

DAV Past National Commander, Dave Riley


Celebrating its 25th Anniversary, the National Disabled Veterans TEE Tournament provides legally blind and eligible disabled Veterans an opportunity to develop new skills through adaptive golf and sporting activities. The TEE Tournament uses a therapeutic format to promote rehabilitation, fellowship and camaraderie among participants. VA strives to show Veterans that having a visual or physical disability need not be an obstacle to an active, rewarding life.

Registration for volunteers for the 2019 National Disabled Veterans TEE Tournament is open until June 1, 2019. Volunteers can sign up at timecounts.org/ndvtt

Please understand that we will try to place you where you have selected but it will depend on the needs of our Veteran participants. The following volunteer opportunities are available:

Golf Buddy: to assist the Veteran participants with all needs while on golf course. Most of the participants are visually impaired and need assistance with club selection, alignment, distance visual support and basic support to play the game. Golf Buddies will also be responsible to assist team leaders with ‘report of progress’ note of Veteran participants (one per Veteran). Golf Buddies must be able to drive a golf cart and are not allowed to golf for the Veteran.

Medical: to provide basic medical assistance on the golf course to participants.

If you have any questions about the event contact:

Kim Heeren
TEE Tournament Program Specialist
601 Hwy 6 West
Iowa City, IA 52346
319-358-5962 (office)
kimberly.heeren@va.gov

Additional TEE Tournament Information:

 

Veterans Casting Away Disabilities

Mission: To encourage a rehabilitative and therapeutic fishing event to Veterans with life changing disabilities. Offering Veterans a chance to make memories with fellow Veterans in the beauty and serenity of the outdoors while being part of recreational activities on a lake.

Who: Participation is open to disabled male and female veterans who are enrolled in a VA facility in the Network 23 service area.

What: A fishing event for spinal cord injured, visually impaired, amputees, traumatic brain injured and veterans with other life changing disabilities.

Why: To provide an activity for veterans that has physical limitations and cannot participate in other more strenuous activities. To open doors to health and wellness. Address mental health issues and assist Veterans and their families with resources to enhance normalcy of everyday life.

Partners:

  • Eagles Aeries 695
  • Iowa DAV Chapters 6 and 53
  • Iowa DNR
  • Iowa City VA HCS
  • Osceola Rotary Club

Contact:

Nick Beelner, Acting NDVTEE Director
Office: (319) 358-5963
Email – Nicholas.Beelner@va.gov 

Kim Heeren
Office: 319-358-5962
Cell: 319-621-0891
Email – Kimberly.Heeren@va.gov

Additional Information: