Why am I doing this?:
The PGA hope programs were introduced to me as part of my physical rehabilitation program after multiple TBIs. The programs gave me my life back after struggling with severe anxiety and depression. Without programs like these I would still be secluded in my home. After my first session through the VA I was given a set of clubs and I haven't looked back. This is my third season with PGA Hope and my first time participating in 100 holes.
Veronica Wayne is a proud veteran and vocal advocate for the military veteran community.
Veronica’s entrance into the entertainment business was unconventional as her military skills were used on shows like Invasion. At 19, she joined the United States Navy and was shipped off to boot camp in Great Lakes, Illinois. She spent four years in the Navy and was stationed at NAS Ocean with VF-32 Swordsman and later, was transferred to Personnel Support Detachment Pearl Harbor. While in the military, she worked as an aircraft mechanic, in disbursing, aviation fuels and computers. Veronica was a member of the Ford Island Honor Guard as a special duty assignment while stationed at Pearl Harbor. During her tour on the Truman, with VF-32 she deployed in support of Operation Southern watch as the relieving battle group for the USS Cole. Veronica joined the Air Force Reserve working in aviation bulk fuels and attended the C-School for Laboratory Fuels. Veronica deployed again as a fuels lab technician in support of Operation Enduring freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Veronica also deployed to Afghanistan in 2009 as part of a combat communications squadron working as a computer specialist. Veronica separated honorably from the service as a Staff Sargent after serving thirteen years and earning the following awards: Meritorious Unit Award, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, NATO Medal (among others).
Following her service, Veronica graduated Suma Cum Laude from Arizona State University with a 4.0 in Interdisciplinary Studies and holds an associate degree from Hawaii Pacific University in Supervisory Leadership as well as an associate degree from Community College of the Air Force in Logistics.
Veronica is a proud member of the American Legion and volunteers in her community by mentoring veterans looking to enter film and television, assisting veterans with filing disability claims and through raising funds for the award winning and Congressionally recognized non-profit Pin-Ups for Vets, to donate much needed rehab equipment for our nation's veterans. Veronica believes in the power of volunteerism and giving back to the community. Veronica also participates in the PGA Hope programs.