His first shipment went out five years ago. Since then, Bunkers in Baghdad has sent 4.5 million new and used golf balls, plus 100,000 new and used clubs to Iraq and Afghanistan. Sponsors include Callaway and Arnold Palmer Enterprises. He told me that certain regions require extra equipment—like nets in Afghanistan. "It's very mountainous."
The charity's website includes notes from soldiers and Marines, like: "You are making our week much better and we really appreciate you sending the equipment so quickly. Our (Colonel) spent a few hours repairing our driving range platform yesterday and it's actually safe to hit from."
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Hanna never served in the military. He's just a guy who wanted to do something nice for those defending our country.
Even though troops are returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, "We're busier than ever," he said.
Hanna has started shipping clubs and balls to the VA and other facilities like Fisher House where wounded warriors are recovering.
Then there's Vance Albitz, a second baseman for the Memphis Redbirds, a farm club for the St. Louis Cardinals. Albitz started Gloves 4 Troops last year, collecting baseball gloves and balls and shipping them to troops. On his website, there's a countdown clock to spring training.
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Much like Hanna, Albitz started the charity after reading about what troops missed from home. "I read an article last year about a soldier who was asked what he wanted people to send him," Albitz told me. "He specifically asked for a couple baseball gloves and a ball so he and his buddy could play catch. I thought that I would be very capable of providing that for him and more."