(Alexandria, Va.) – Links to Freedom (www.linkstofreedom.org) and Dallas Cowboy “great,” Jay Novacek are supporting “Warriors to the Workforce” at the 2019 Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition. The AUSA convention is at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC from Monday, Oct. 14, 2019 to Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019.

“Links to Freedom is proud to be part of the Warriors to Workforce event with former Sergeant Major of the Army, Jack E. Tilley and the American Freedom Foundation. We are proud to support transitioning service-members to the civilian workforce,” said Rob Koon, Links to Freedom (L2F) Chairman and retired Airman. “Links to Freedom has a mission to support our Wounded Warriors using golf as a therapeutic recovery tool. We are proud to introduce our program and an NFL superstar at AUSA this year.”

The L2F Program was developed by PGA Professional Steve Greiner to bring a sense of normalcy and recreation to those Service Members who otherwise would spend the entire week in intense psychological and physical therapy. Greiner realized that golf is also a vehicle for social and emotional rehabilitation, not only to the Service Member, but to their families and caregivers. The free curriculum golf program has the following six principles: 

• Utilize golf as a vehicle to extend therapy in a calm and serene environment?

• Teach the fundamentals of the game; focus on control of motor skills, mobility, flexibility?

• Provide a familiar, fun social environment using PGA/LPGA instructors and military/civilian volunteers?

• Conduct skill instruction and on-course playing lessons?

• Include family & care givers to re-establish critical relationships while learning a sport they can play together 

• Work with and recruit other complementary, therapeutic organizations to help rehabilitate the “whole person” 

“This has been an incredible journey for wounded Service Members and their families,” said Greiner, the L2F Executive Director. “Links to Freedom continues to heal a great community through the wonderful game of golf. We look forward to meeting you at AUSA and introducing Jay Novacek to those who stop by our booth to learn more about this great Military-Veteran charity, Links to Freedom.” 

Jay Novacek, who played 11 seasons as an NFL tight end winning three Super Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys will sign autographs and take photos from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 in booth 261, Hall A. Footballs, mini-helmets and photos will be available for donations to be signed by the Cowboy legend.

“Our United States Army MOU empowers Links to Freedom to bring our program the Warrior Transition Units across the country. Stop by booth 261 to learn more and meet a three-time Super Bowl Champion,” said Koon.

Links to Freedom raises approximately $1000.00 per participant to allow that Wounded Warrior or family member to attend the course for free. Each L2F program across the country is taught by PGA professionals. 

The point of contact for L2F is Carl S. Ey at 202.803.1515 or carl.ey@mammothglobalpartners.com.