Beyond the Game: Brady Quinn's 3rd and Goal Foundation helps wounded vets
DUBLIN -- For former college and NFL quarterback Brady Quinn, lending a hand to veterans is an easy choice. His father, Ty, served in Vietnam, his grandfather in World War II.
Quinn has mobilized his good will with the now seven-year old 3rd and Goal Foundation which converts tough situations off the field into solutions for wounded veterans, especially as it relates to home improvements.
Quinn staged his annual 3rd and Goal Foundation golf outing at Tartan Fields, the organization's only fundraiser each year. Quinn estimates the group raised $50,000 in 2017.
The Veterans Administration estimates that 107,000 veterans are homeless on any given night. Over the course of a year, approximately twice that many experience homelessness.
In addition to the complex set of factors influencing all homelessness – extreme shortage of affordable housing, livable income and access to health care – a large number of displaced and at-risk veterans live with lingering effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance abuse, which are compounded by a lack of family and social support networks.
A top priority for 3rd and Goal Foundation is to help homeless veterans find secure, safe, clean housing that offers a supportive environment free of drugs and alcohol.