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Stories of Inspiration


September 2, 2021
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Watch as Veterans get back into the swing of things. PGA HOPE introduces golf to Vets to help enhance their physical, mental, social, and emotional well-being.

The PGA golf program was introduced to me as being a way to get back into golf
if you’ve had any golf experience.

It was a great way to get to meet other veterans and get back into the game of golf. One of the reasons that I got involved with the program was, of course, was there were other veterans.

And there there is that camaraderie. There’s that sense of belonging
to each other, wanting to help each other. And what I found for myself was
I was not very active. I was kind of sitting back waiting for life to meet me. And this program has got me wanting
to want to live life, just be active.

What we do is try to build camaraderie through the understanding
and learning of golf. We’ve had everybody from, you know, the Korean War to Afghanistan. And so there’s many things
that they share in common. And the one thing that we’re bringing to that is golf.

A lot of them are new players. And so there’s a new development in that process. Golf is a low impact sport. It’s also relaxing. So there isn’t stress. We all understand
that our abilities are different and no one’s been compared to each other. We’re all on the same learning cycle and we’re all interested in helping each other. That’s probably the biggest thing is, in golf really everybody wants to help each other.

Getting together with these veterans out here and playing golf has not only just taught me to be a better golfer and wanting to be with other veterans.
I’ve met so many different people and become really close friends with three or four different guys and gals. \

And what we do now is instead of just letting life go past us, we’re calling each other. We’re checking up on each other, “Hey, you doing OK? I noticed you didn’t go to practice the other day.” We’re trying to always try to lift each other up.

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