Golf enthusiast helps raise $1.7 million for military families

Almost 20 years ago, Carl Meyer had what he calls a “crazy idea.”

He works in healthcare and heard about Hire Heroes USA, an organization that helps military members, veterans and their spouses succeed in their careers.

Carl has set a goal to play 100 holes at Chenequa Country Club in Hartland, all to help these families.

He has continued this tradition every July 4th for 17 years.

On Thursday morning, Carl was already awake at 5:00 a.m., the American flag flying over his golf cart and he was hitting golf balls for the purpose.

Every hole on the course is sponsored, and Carl and the organization have already raised $185,000 this year.

Hire Heroes USA was founded by a man named John Bardis. Over 100 employees and 1,400 volunteers help those in need by using their military skills to build resumes. They also conduct job interviews.

Learn more about Hire Heroes USA

Carl knew he had to be part of the mission to help those who have dedicated their lives to this country. As someone who has been playing golf for decades, starting the 100 Holes for Our Heroes initiative seemed like a natural choice. Over the years, he has helped raise over $1.7 million for military families through Hire Heroes USA.

TMJ4, Symone Woolridge

Carl Meyer founded 100 Holes for our Heroes 17 years ago.

TMJ4's Symone Woolridge asked Carl if he ever hears from some of the veterans he has helped.

“A number of people have thanked me personally, but the most important thing is seeing how many veterans we are helping,” he said. “As a charity, in late fall we will have supported 100,000 veterans and military spouses over the last 18 years.”

The impact is huge, but Carl said there is still a lot of work to be done.

“Try it,” Carl said of helping those in need. “If you believe you can do something, try it. You can only fail. And the cost of failure is usually very small, so give him the opportunity to try something.”

Watch: Carl Meyers practices his golf swing for a good cause.

Golf enthusiast helps raise millions for veterans and their families

Carl received the 2024 Community Impact Award from Hire Heroes USA.

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