Back in 2007, Lt. Col. Dan Rooney started the Folds of Honor program from the comfort of his garage. From the time he started this Non-profit to where it is now, the mission has never wavered. The whole goal/mission for Folds Of Honor is to raise funds to provide educational scholarships to spouses and children of wounded or killed military service members. Over the last 13 years, FOH has been lucky enough to provide 29,000 scholarships to the tune of $145 Million!


Rooney commissioned as an officer in 2000. He is a career fighter pilot and was honored with the Spirit of Attack award as a top graduate of F-16 training and is a two-time recipient of the Top Gun award. As an F 16 fighter pilot (1800 hours) he completed three combat tours of duty in Iraq and is a decorated aviator. His honors include the Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Medal, Anti-terrorism Medal, Combat Readiness Medal and Air Expeditionary Medal.



HE’S AN AUTHOR – In 2020, Dan Rooney launched a new series on Fox Nation. He hosts Fly Into The Wind and travels across America flying his own plane to interview athletes and celebrities. The show’s purpose is to provide real-life advice on how to overcome challenges and engineer a resilient spirit. The show is in conjunction with a new book by the same title, Fly Into The Wind, How to Harness Faith and Fearlessness on Your Ascent to Greatness.


HE’S A GOLF COURSE FOUNDER – Rooney is a Class A Member of the PGA of America. He partners with the PGA and the USGA to host Patriot Golf Day on Memorial Day weekend, the Folds of Honor’s largest national golf fundraiser. Patriot Golf Day is the nation’s largest grass roots golf event and has raised over $50 million to benefit Folds of Honor.

Lt Col Rooney is the founder of two nationally acclaimed golf courses. The Patriot, Tulsa, Oklahoma, is a Robert Trent Jones II design and the home of the Folds of Honor headquarters. In 2020, Rooney partnered with golf icon Jack Nicklaus to design and build American Dunes, Grand Haven, Michigan. American Dunes honors the birthplace of Folds of Honor while providing hope and healing to military veterans.

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