Donation Benefits Veterans in Transition

Indian River Colony Club donates $5,000 to Veterans Connections for a New Life

(VIERA, FL) April 8, 2021 –  Indian River Colony Club in Viera is a 55+ golf community on a mission. Largely comprised of military veterans, IRCC members are known for their volunteerism and philanthropy. The ongoing practice of donating to an assortment of veterans causes and charities embody the community motto of “service to those who served.” On February 10, retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Brian Whalen presented a $5,000 check from the Indian River Colony Club Foundation to Veterans Connections to a New Life, a Central Florida-based not-for-profit organization that provides free services to veterans. The funds donated to the 501(c)(3) organization will help ensure returning military veterans successfully transition back to civilian life after the completion of their service. Veterans Connections to a New Life uses certified life coaches and nationally certified, peer support specialists in their veteran outreach, specializing in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Founder of Veterans Connections to a New Life, Don Pearsall was pleased to accept the monetary assistance from Indian River Colony Club to benefit transitioning Brevard veterans.

“It’s people like the patriots at IRCC that make it possible for us to provide the help that veterans need,” said Pearsall. ” Many of our warriors are leaving the service with no direction. Our main mission is to provide unique and personalized service support to our homeless, less fortunate and at-risk veterans who are struggling to transition back into civilian life.” 

Don Pearsall, a twice-wounded Viet Nam combat veteran, founded Veterans Connections to a New Life in 2014, with a mission to help veterans transition to civilian life.  Veterans with immediate needs are given financial assistance for gas, repairs, utilities, clothing and housing, along with professional counseling and guidance to aid toward transition. Pearsall’s book, “Back from the Front” addresses post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as the primary cause of difficulty for veterans transitioning to civilian life. The book is available for sale on, with all proceeds going to support the nonprofit.

The Indian River Colony Club community of nearly 800 homes is a dedicated supporter of veterans causes. In 2019, they were presented with the Outstanding Military Service Award by Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey, for their ongoing efforts on behalf of veterans.

Viera’s very first neighborhood, Indian River Colony Club is known as “The Place Patriots Call Home.”™  A haven for military veterans, the par-72 private golf course community has a patriotic culture and country club amenities for active adults aged 55 and over. Residents have dedicated their lives to military service and continue their efforts in retirement, with a host of ongoing efforts for the betterment of Brevard County veterans and the regional military community.

In addition to significant contributions made by the community’s charitable foundation, the 2019 Outstanding Military Service Award cited ongoing service and generosity toward veterans and military-related causes, including participation in and/or donations to veteran related organizations, including the Veterans Transitional Facility, Down the Road Thrift Shop, the Veterans Administration, the Cape Canaveral Ladies, the Cape Canaveral Cemetery, the USO (United Service Organizations), Honor Flight, Patrick Air Force Base, Veterans Treatment Court, Veterans Memorial Center, Wreaths Across America and more.

Photo courtesy of Roger Scruggs,

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