Raleigh, N.C. (Sept. 28, 2015)French/West/Vaughan (FWV), one of the nation’s leading independently held public relations, advertising and digital marketing agencies, has been selected by the Veteran Golfers Association (VGA) to provide public relations and sponsorship support for its 2015 VGA National Championship.  Eighty of the country’s top military veteran golfers will compete for the National Championship this Veterans Day (Wednesday, Nov. 11) at historic Pinehurst No. 2.

Joshua Peyton, a retired Army Captain and Army Ranger, founded the VGA in 2014 to bridge the gap between soldiers’ passion for service and the game of golf. The sport helped Peyton immensely on his road to recovery after nearly losing his hand in a vehicle rollover accident in Iraq.

The first VGA National Championship comes on the heels of a series of qualifying events, where more than 600 veterans competed to earn their spots in the tournament. The final line-up includes veterans from across the United States and all branches of the military. Wounded veterans make up nearly half the field, and more than a dozen competitors have received Purple Hearts.

“The Veteran Golfers Association is the only organization nationwide to offer all veterans and their family members the opportunity to compete, stay active and socialize through golf,” said FWV Chairman and CEO Rick French. “The 2015 VGA National Championship is a testament to our veterans’ passion and determination.”

FWV will leverage its public relations and marketing expertise to generate support for the VGA and National Championship among key media, business leaders and public officials. To promote VGA’s first annual tournament, FWV is providing strategic event positioning, sponsorship support and media relations campaign activations.

“FWV’s combined experience representing top athletic brands and national veterans organizations makes it the ideal partner to grow support for the VGA and this year’s National Championship,” said Joshua Peyton, VGA president. “The 2015 VGA National Championship will bring together hundreds of servicemen and women who have found hope, healing and lifelong friendships through the game of golf.”


About French/West/Vaughan

French/West/Vaughan (FWV) is one of the nation’s leading public relations, public affairs, advertising and digital media agencies, with offices in Raleigh, New York City, Los Angeles and Tampa. National, international and local clients represented by the agency include Wrangler, ABB, Hood River Distillers, Melitta, NATHAN, Fleet Feet, The Holt Brothers, O2 Fitness, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Steinberg Sports and Moe’s Southwest Grill restaurants. FWV is a partner in IPREX, the $200 million network of communication agencies, with 1,500 staff and 100 offices worldwide. For more information, please visit or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest or Instagram

About Veteran Golfers Association

The VGA is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to promoting the game of golf to veterans and their family members. The VGA develops programs that allow our members to compete, socialize and remain physically active through the game of golf.


Sep, 28, 2015