Dear Friend of our Veterans,
On January 2, 2019, I lost my husband, U.S. Navy Lieutenant Junior Grade (LTJG) David R. Metcalf, to suicide. He was a wonderful, devoted husband and father, who always put his family, teammates and community before himself. Dave was humble and generous. It wasn’t uncommon for him to lend an ear to his teammates, or even buy groceries or pick up a dinner tab for complete strangers. He was always willing to help.
Before Dave passed away, he wrote me a letter that outlined all of the signs of trauma and the personal struggle he was experiencing that others could not see. He discussed in detail symptoms that align with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Upon sharing his message with his closest teammates, I was surprised to learn that they all understood his feelings and had similar experiences. It was at that point that I decided to make it my mission to help others facing the same afflictions.
The first Lt. JG David R. Metcalf Golf Classic supporting the Navy Seal Foundation and Naperville Responds For Veterans will take place at the White Eagle Golf Club on September 15, 2021. My goal is to raise awareness of how CTE, TBI and PTSD affect veterans through David’s story with the hope that it can help others get the treatment they need.
I hope you will join me in my mission and the Golf Classic. Together we can raise awareness and funds to support Veterans, active duty military personnel and their loved ones.
God Bless America,
About the Navy SEAL Foundation and Naperville Responds For Veterans
The Navy SEAL Foundation provides immediate and ongoing support and assistance to the Naval Special Warfare community and its families. Naperville Responds For Veterans assists Veterans in need with home repairs and renovations on a needs and income basis.
About CTE & TBI
Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a degenerative brain disease found in athletes, military veterans, and others with a history of repetitive brain trauma. At present, CTE can be diagnosed only by direct examination of the brain during an autopsy
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a sudden injury that causes damage to the brain. It may happen when there is a blow, bump, or jolt to the head—known as a closed-head injury. TBI can also happen when an object penetrates the skull–known as a penetrating injury.