Daniel Casara United States Army SGT, Ret.

Daniel Casara United States Army SGT, Ret.


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.

    By | 2015-11-10T17:01:54+00:00 November 10th, 2015|1990's, 2000-Present, Army|1 Comment

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    Tee It Up for the Troops believes in engaging and inspiring communities across the United States to do great things on behalf of the military men and women who have served and sacrificed so much for our freedoms. Tee It Up for the Troops combines golf events with an inspirational ceremony, instilling a sense of pride, honor, respect and appreciation for all those who have served and given so greatly. Through these events, Tee It Up for the Troops has become a fundraising engine for several local and national non-profit partners including Fisher House Foundation, Hope for the Warriors, and Disabled Sports USA, allowing them to focus on what they do best: helping wounded veterans and their families to heal, transition, grow and thrive! Over the past year, Tee It Up for the Troops and its partners have accomplished the following: Assisted more than 25,000 military families, saving families more than $30 million in lodging costs alone, plus food and transportation. Helped more than 5,000 veterans to restore a sense of self, family, and hope. Served more than 1,400 of the most severely wounded service members with year-round programs in more than 40 different sports nationwide. Reunited over 125 wounded veterans who were separated due to battlefield injuries, changes in rehabilitation, or other reasons beyond their control. Together, we make a difference!

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    1. DENNIS DAVIS March 2, 2017 at 6:04 am

      This is the ”WARMEST STORY”’ That I’ve heard in a long time. I Love Dubya. Now, I have such admiration for Daniel Casara. I Pray for his Full recovery, and for the best for him and his Family.
      Dennis Davis, US Army, 1963.

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