A local company is helping a budding non-profit thrive and military veterans will benefit from the partnership.
Pacific Office Automation is hosting a golf tournament at Riverside Country Club in northeast Portland Friday and the proceeds will go to On Target 4 Veterans.
The founder, Michael Paul, said last year's tournament was a monumental event in the progression of his non-profit that he started with his friends with whom he served in the U.S. Army. He said Pacific Office Automation donated $10,000 in proceeds that allowed the organization to become a certified non-profit.
"It's been growing and growing in the matter of a year," Paul said.
On Target 4 Veterans pays for veterans to participate in adaptive sports. It's based in Colorado, but serves veterans across the U.S.
"Whether it's golfing, skiing, hand cycling, tennis, basketball, it just builds their self-confidence," said Paul about the benefits of adaptive sports.
Paul knows about those benefits first hand. He's a veteran himself who lost the use of his legs in a skydiving accident after his service was over.
"After my accident, I jumped right into wheelchair basketball," Paul said.
Through various adaptive sports, Paul said he coped with his loss of mobility and decided to help enlighten other veterans about the possibilities after their injuries.
"The adaptive sports are just to get them back involved with things that are going to give them the boost of confidence that they need to get back into the workforce, but you start off little by little," Paul said.
On Target 4 Veterans is also evolving little by little and being back at the tournament that helped start it all seems like a fitting next step.
"There are certain moments in your life when things happen for a reason and things fall into place because they're meant to be," said Paul.
The tournament is sold out, but the public can still donate to On Target 4 Veterans on its website.
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