Twenty-five groups participated in the annual Liberty for Heroes Fund golf outing at the Omni Bedford Springs golf course in 2020.

The Bedford County Veterans and Citizens for Heroes are holding their annual golf outing at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort on Friday to raise money to support veterans and first responders.

In past years the event has raised money to provide assistance to numerous veterans and their families, with costs ranging from car repairs and roofing needs to purchasing all-terrain wheelchairs.

Bedford County Commissioner Barry Dallara, a member of the Bedford County Veterans and Citizens Committee, said the event this year will help assist veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Since 2015, the Liberty for Heroes Fund has donated more than $86,000 to various causes.

“A group of us got together in 2015 and wanted to help veterans in Bedford County,” Dallara said, referencing the committee that also includes David Magill, Alan Morgart, Paula Szanca, Gretchen Martin, Mark Szanca, Lisa Cairo and Jill Swiontek this year. “We’ve really had wonderful community support and have been able to help a lot of people.”

One-hundred perfect of contributions are donated to the fund.

Dallara said the committee is working to help support the Outdoor Odyssey Leadership Academy in Somerset County with this year’s event.

Founded by T.S. Jones, a retired Marine Corps Officer, the academy hosts weeklong camps to assist veterans who had served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Those camps include extensive support from mental health professionals.

“Any Bedford County veteran suffering from PTSD will be able to attend Outdoor Odyssey,” Dallara said, noting volunteers with the camp keep touch with the veterans year round. “This is a camp that gets veterans from all over the country, and it’s 40 miles from Bedford.”

The golf outing’s shotgun start begins 9:30 a.m. Friday.

Dallara added any veterans or families in need should contact the Veterans Affairs Office at 814-623-4848.

Contact Will DeShong at; 623-1151, ext. 150.

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