Selfridge Base, Volvik Championship host Valor Cup to support female veterans

Posted at 5:55 PM, May 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-22 17:55:52-04

The Eisenhower Center treats first responders, NFL players and military veterans for traumatic brain injury, recovery and mental wellness. On Monday, they helped host an event with some of the best female golfers in the world, and it was all in support of local female veterans.

"The needs of women veterans is sometimes different than the men, and many of our systems have long been designed to support men veterans," said retired Army Colonel Patricia Sellers.

Laura Chirio is a current Army Captain and as a program coordinator at the Eisenhower Center, she saw a need within the community of female veterans.

"Even though it’s 2017, being in the military is still stigmatized, so a lot of women just don’t identify as being a veteran," said Chirio.

It's a need that LPGA pro Paula Cream -- whose husband is a veteran -- sees as well. 

"There are so many wonderful programs out there but it’s nice to be able to bring awareness to the women here and get them what they need as well," said Creamer.

It was with that in mind that Chirio helped create the Valor Cup tournament.

"Not only are we taking female veterans and pairing them with professional female golfers, but it’s on an active military installation," explained Chirio.

Before the women hit the golf course, the pro golfers toured some of the Selfridge Base to get a taste of what life is like for women in the military.

"It's pretty remarkable to see that you’re able to come and spend time with some of the most incredible human beings on earth. All I do is chase around a little golf ball…and then you get to meet the real heroes and the people that actually make an impact on the world," said LPGA pro Christina Kim.