Billy Hurley is a former naval officer, and currently the only military veteran who is an active golfer on the PGA tour.  In addition to being a fantastic ambassador for the military, he’s an accomplished leader and all around great guy.

In this episode we discuss:

• His service in the Navy

• His road to the PGA tour

• How he views his responsibility as the sole veteran on the PGA Tour

• His views on leadership, and how is naval service has affected his golf game

 

 

  

Chapter: Midwest Region

Member Since: October, 2016

Motto: “Plus ca change, Plus c’est la meme chose. What goes around, comes around.”

Why Did You Join Team RWB?

“In 2014, I was struggling a little in life & let me self go physically & mentally. It was 10 years after retiring from the Air Force. During a routine VA medical appointment my doctor recommended the VA’s MOVE Weight Management Program after hearing of some of my medical issues. During one of my MOVE Forward classes,  I learned of Team RWB and a light bulb clicked on. I saw a way to get back some of the camaraderie that I experienced as a service remember & before as an Air Force brat. Little did I know that being around Eagles was contagious.”

What has Been Your Favorite Event or Experience with Team RWB?

“2015 Old Glory Relay is by far my favorite event & experience with Team RWB. We spent 2 days on the road (approximately 5 hrs away from Wichita) carrying Old Glory for over 100+ miles. While I only got to run it for two 1 mile legs, I enjoyed being the photographer for just a short time on the Old Glory Relay course.”

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What Inspires You?

“My fellow Eagles. When I need that inspiration all I have to do is be around fellow Eagles and I feel it.”

How Has Team RWB Impacted Your Life?

“Team RWB gave me the reason to serve again & pull me from a dark place. It has sustained me from not returning to that dark place & forced me to try bettering myself in everything I do.

What Would You Say to Someone Who is Thinking of Joining Team RWB?

“If you a veteran, joining Team RWB is a no-brainer…it will give back to you & you will feel some of the camaraderie you felt while serving. If your a civilian who never served but want to or just support veterans, then this is one of the best organizations to give back to those who serve & serve your country in a way.”

 

David Smith is a Marine combat veteran and respected advocate in the veteran community.  After an extremely difficult deployment to Iraq, that included a friendly-fire incident, Dave found himself lacking confidence, purpose, and direction.  Eventually, his depression led to him nearly taking his own life.  An outpouring of support from friends and family convinced him to start owning his recovery and take back his life.  Since that time, he’s graduated from UC Berkeley, shared the stage with President Bush, and built a new life in Norway!

Dave and I have a really in-depth conversation that covers:

• Why you should always push for your stretch goals.

• Why pursuing love (in all its forms) is the most important thing you can do.

• How to feel truly alive and engaged.

• The challenges of depression and suicide

• And so much more.

Dave is an extremely interesting and thoughtful guy and we know you’ll enjoy this conversation.  You may want to grab a note book because this one is full of valuable take-aways!

 

  

Blog written by: Alex Chong

Before joining Team RWB Annapolis, I was at a low point in my life. I was depressed. I had nobody to turn to. I had no direction and no one to tell me where to go or how to get there. I was lost. Somewhere along the way, I made a decision to change my life. It was like someone flipped a switch. I was so tired of losing and failing at life. I knew I had to change, but I just didn’t know how. So, I went to the Vet Center for some help with the goal of converting some negatives into positives.

That was the beginning of a new journey. While at the Vet Center, I ran into Tyler Scharar, who introduced me to Team Red, White & Blue. After some thought and a little research, I joined the team…and that has easily been one of the best decisions I have ever made. Team RWB has been instrumental in turning my life around. Because the Chapter provides so many different opportunities to get active and connect with others, Team RWB has become the main vehicle that drives my growth as a person.

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Stand-up paddle boarding is one such opportunity. I was afraid of the deep water because I cannot swim. Despite my fears, I signed up and showed up to the event. As a result, I am mentally stronger and ready to overcome any obstacles that come my way. Another opportunity that I took advantage of when I signed up were the social events. My social skills aren’t the best, but with time and the support of my Team, they are steadily improving.

During this time, I was studying many successful people such as Admiral McRaven, Tony Robbins, and Jacko Willink. I read about their failures and what they did to overcome them. Turns out, failure isn’t such a bad thing. The most important aspect is to apply the lessons from your own failures; and that is exactly what I did. After that, I start setting goals. My goals are to impact people around me in a positive manner. I am out to define myself and to take it to the next level for the better.

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To this day, I wake up with many challenges. I stopped complaining about how bad life is and stopped making excuses, because frankly, nobody cares about that stuff except yourself. I challenge myself almost every day. Make no mistake about it, this is not a one-person show, and by no means is it easy. I had a lot of help along the way. My philosophy is to grow as a human being, and Team RWB helps me do just that.

Thank you Team RWB Annapolis! You are truly great people and I greatly appreciate all your support and help.

Chapter: Midwest Region

Member Since: 2016

Motto: “Be yourself and you will be surprised at how people will embrace you. ”

Why Did You Join Team RWB?

“Team RWB was inline with my personal values and beliefs of being genuine and authentic while serving the veterans and families within my community.”

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What has Been Your Favorite Event or Experience with Team RWB?

“My favorite event was attending Yoga camp where I was able to actively get involved with the other members within team RWB. I have some some physical challenges that at times prevent me from being in some of the heavier or more complex physical activities. Yoga camp allowed me to be actively involved with my team without restrictions. It truly allowed me to feel like a active member by removing some of the physical barriers.”

How Do You Serve Your Community?

“I serve my community by offering safer activities and places for veterans and those who support them to have enriched relationships that drive deeper connections.

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What Inspires You?

“I get inspired by watching Eagles work together and forge life giving connections that make them feel present and valued!”

How Has Team RWB Impacted Your Life?

“Team RWB has made me feel that I have so much to give to my local community while receiving the benefits of learning to be more present with my family, my community and my Eagle Family.

What Would You Say to Someone Who is Thinking of Joining Team RWB?

“Just Do it! If you want to work on being present with your community or if you need a community. You are going to find relationships and friendships that you did not know you needed or were truly seeking.”

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