Saturday is ‘Military Appreciation Day’ at Humana Challenge

A special tented area just for service members, called the Military Outpost, sits along the 1st teebox of the Palmer Private Course at PGA West during the PGA Tour's Humana Challenge event. On Saturday, the tournament is hosting a military appreciation day and service members can attend the tournament for free. Crystal Chatham, The Desert Sun

Saturday’s inaugural Humana Military Appreciation Day will feature a ceremony to honor members of the armed forces and their families. It will include presentations by military leaders, a color guard and a flyover of two Navy F-5s from the Naval west coast aggressor squadron VFC-13 from Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada.

All active duty military, reserve, veterans and military retirees, along with their dependents, will receive free admission to the Humana Challenge on Saturday.

Gen. Wesley Clark, U.S. Army (Ret), Linda Hope, daughter of comedian Bob Hope, 13-time PGA Tour winner David Toms and Humana President of Government Business Tim McClain will all speak during the event.

From 1997-2000, Clark served as Supreme Allied Commander Europe. He briefly ran for President ahead of the 2004 election.

“The Humana Challenge, formerly the Bob Hope Classic, has a long history of celebrating our nation’s servicemen and women who give so much every day,” said Tim McClain, President of Humana Government Business. “Given Bob Hope’s legacy and devotion to entertaining military troops, it is fitting to dedicate a day to honoring military personnel and their families. In the end, we hope the Military Appreciation Day will have a lasting impact on all participants and continue to honor our troops.”

“Additionally, during the Humana Challenge event, the Military Warriors Support Foundation will donate a 100 percent mortgage-free home to a local veteran injured during combat. Humana-sponsored PGA TOUR golfer David Toms will be on hand to award the home, which signifies Humana’s continued commitment to the military community.”

“We at Humana are proud to honor our military personnel during an event like the Humana Challenge, which is steeped in tradition,” said Bruce Broussard, President and CEO of Humana. “We also know that our dedication to the military does not end at the Humana Challenge. In fact, our company has a long history of supporting the armed forces and their families.”

PGA TOUR events – similar to the Humana Challenge – have served as past venues for the donation of homes to Wounded Warriors. The cost of the home is funded solely through the Military Warriors Support Foundation and Chase Bank. There is no cost to the Humana Challenge or to Humana.

The Humana Challenge Military Outpost features free refreshments and climate-controlled indoor seating along the 1st hole of the Palmer Private Course at PGA West. Crystal Chatham, The Desert Sun

In addition to Saturday’s day to honor those who served, the tournament’s Military Outpost also returned this year. Active duty, reserve, and military retirees can access a special military-only tent and patio near the 1st tee of the Palmer Private Course at PGA West.

We are proud to host members of our country’s military at the Humana Military Outpost as our guests; they deserve the opportunity to have a fun and relaxing time with us while watching many of the world’s best golfers up close,” Humana Challenge Executive Director and CEO Bob Marra said.

The outpost is a private hospitality pavilion offering climate-controlled indoor seating, outdoor patio seating and complimentary refreshments.

Humana administers health coverage for approximately 3 million active duty and retired military through the TRICARE program, according to Mike McCallister, Humana’s Chairman and CEO.