Casara with President George W. Bush at the 2014 Warrior Open
Dan Casara, U.S. Army (Retired Sergeant), served his country proudly for nearly 15 years. During his time in service he deployed once in 2005. While on this deployment, on 23 Sep, his M 113 rolled over an anti-tank mine. The explosion flipped his tank killing 2 and injuring 4, Casara included. He suffered bilateral fractures to his right tibia and fibula, a shattered left tibia, shattered heel and ankle bones to both feet, and a dislocated right hip. To date Dan has undergone 24 surgeries and countless hours of physical therapy.
He is currently still rehabbing at the Naval Medical Center San Diego (Balboa Hospital). Also, using sports and recreational activities as rehab, Casara has continued to strengthen his legs and his will to push through any and all adversities. While overcoming these challenges, Dan uses them as motivational tools to speak across the country from the classroom to the boardroom.
5 years post injury the game of golf was introduced to Casara by his wife of 5 years, Basia Casara. While trying to understand the sport Dan had to do it with 3 clubs. A driver, 6 iron, and a putter. He thought that should be sufficient, until he started to learn more about the game. At which time, Tee It Up for the Troops, stepped in with a donated set of right-handed clubs. Even though this was a great gesture, it didn’t help the left-handed golfer! This minor oversight did not stop JB and the kind donors to square things away.
Fast forward to the present, Dan has taken the game to a place he never thought it would go. Not only has he participated in many, life altering golfing events from New York to California, such as the 2014 Tiger Woods Foundation Quicken Loans Pro-Am and 2014 Bush Warrior Open, but has also used the game to connect Warriors, generous donors, and even family members. In January 2015, Casara starts at The Golf Academy of America. Talk about taking the game to another plateau…
Golf has provided so much in the short tenure it has been in his life. It has definitely served it’s initial purpose, to allow Dan and Basia to spend more time with each other. The rest has just been one blessing, after another. Although, the sport has been frustrating to learn, it has simultaneously allowed he and Basia, to forge, life lasting relationships.
Dan, Basia, and son Denali, are truly grateful for the support that this family-oriented and God- fearing organization has done not only for their family, but the MANY families that have been impacted by the passion and generosity of Tee It Up for the Troops.