Why Teeing off with Gary Sinise and Listening to Music by the Zach Brown Band is Good for the Brain

Anytime The Tug McGraw Foundation can share unique experiences with veterans to improve quality of life by stimulating cognitive function it helps further our mission. Thanks to our friends at the Gary Sinise Foundation, Boot Campaign and the Zach Brown Band they did just that- stimulated our brains with golf and music!

On September 17, TMF, Jelly Belly and veterans from the Yountville Veterans Home enjoyed a beautiful day of golf at Silverado Country Club. The outing was to help raise funds for Gary Sinise's "R.I.S.E." Program. A program established to provide veterans and first responders and their families with the resources to overcome their new life challenges.

Golfers were in "aw" when hometown Army helicopter pilot, Chris Morisoli, flew in a Blackhawk from Mather Air Base and landed smack dab on the greens.

According to a University Washington study: Mentally, golf is beneficial in several key areas: for social interaction, for exercise, to aid concentration, and to spend time in nature. That intangible last point cannot be undersold. The study demonstrates how outdoor activities surrounded by nature affect the mind found, among other things, that “the experience of nature helps to restore the mind from the mental fatigue of work or studies, contributing to improved work performance and satisfaction."

People who have suffered traumatic brain injuries will often have problems with memory. Music can help bring back some of those special moments of their lives that they have forgotten. Those suffering from dementia can trigger vivid memories by listening to music they heard when they were young.

Thanks to Boot Campaign and the Zach Brown Band, on September 20, TMF surprised Army veteran, Royd Patterson and girlfriend De Anne with a date night to see the Zach Brown Band at AT&T Park. TMF CEO, Jennifer Brusstar asked what Royd's favorite moment was, " ZZB performing Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody and Vince Gill fronting for the Eagles.

TMF CEO, Jennifer Brusstar sending off VHCY veteran Royd and De Anne to AT & T Park for an evening music restore the mind from the mental fatigue of work or studies, contributing to improved work performance and satisfaction.”

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