Kohler Co. and Caddie School for Soldiers Offer Unique Training Program for Veterans

KOHLER, Wis. – November 11, 2021 –

Kohler Co. is a proud supporter of the nonprofit Caddie School for Soldiers (CSS). The CSS invites small groups of veterans to live together for a month, learn about golf and caddying, and gain skills that will help them create new lives in a new profession—whether in golf or any other. Previous schools have been held in the St. Andrews area, while the 2021 school just concluded its month-long training at Whistling Straits, host of the 43rd Ryder Cup.

“Because soldiers are dedicated to the ideal of self-sacrifice, when they return to a world that is defined by the opposite—personal gain—they don’t really know how to fit in and they become strangers to themselves,” said Don J. Snyder, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the organization. “And when you’re a stranger to yourself, you don’t really believe in yourself anymore. The Caddie School for Soldiers program was created to help veterans earn back their belief in themselves, so that they can carry on in life with the measure of dignity they are entitled to.”

“Our Sponsoring Partner, the Kohler family and company, have been instrumental in helping these deserving veterans through their generous support from the very beginning,” said Snyder. “They’ve provided not just vital funding, but also the use of their wonderful golf facilities, initially in St. Andrews and this year at Whistling Straits. The CSS is extremely grateful for their support.

“We’re also very grateful for the support of our many other donors, contributors and partners—including our Presenting Sponsor, Peak Scientific; Folds of Honor, which contributes scholarships to the children of the school’s attendees; and the many organizations who refer veterans to us, including the Wounded Warrior Project®, the On Course Foundation, Royal British Legion, B.L.E.S.M.A., and others.”

A feature-length documentary film that profiles the work of the nonprofit Caddie School for Soldiers (CSS) is available for viewing on the CSS website.

Kohler’s work with the CSS is one of many ways the company has shown its support of individuals who serve in the armed forces. With a focus on fostering a veteran-friendly workplace, Kohler’s associate-led veterans Business Resource Group, called the Kohler Alliance of Veterans & Supporters (KAVS), is making a meaningful difference inside Kohler and within our communities. Learn more about KAVS and hear the stories: https://www.kohlercompany.com/careers/diversity-equity-inclusion/kohler-veterans/

About Kohler Co.

Founded in 1873 and headquartered in Kohler, Wisconsin, Kohler Co. is one of America’s oldest and largest privately held companies comprised of more than 38,000 associates. With more than 50 manufacturing locations worldwide, Kohler is a global leader in the design, innovation and manufacture of kitchen and bath products; luxury cabinetry, tile and lighting; engines, generators, and clean energy solutions; and owner/operator of two, five-star hospitality and golf resort destinations in Kohler, Wisconsin, and St. Andrews, Scotland. Kohler’s Whistling Straits golf course recently hosted the 43rd Ryder Cup. The company also develops solutions to address pressing issues, such as clean water and sanitation, for underserved communities around the world to enhance the quality of life for current and future generations. For more details, please visit kohlercompany.com

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About The Caddie School for Soldiers

The Caddie School for Soldiers is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization whose mission is to help ex-soldiers rise up from the desolation of the wars they fought and restore their essential belief in themselves. The organization’s goal isn’t necessarily to help veterans become caddies—though many graduates have gone on to rewarding careers as professional caddies—but rather to help veterans discover that a meaningful and positive future is possible after military service in whatever new field they may choose to pursue.


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