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Wounded Warriors Golf Classic held in the lowcountry

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BLUFFTON, SC (WTOC) -

On Monday, golfers gathered at Hampton Hall's golf course for the Lowcountry Foundation for Wounded Military Hero's third annual Wounded Warrior Golf Classic.

For many of the golfers who attended the event, it was about more than the game of golf, it was about showing the men and women who risked their lives for America that they care.

For Anthony Smith, the horrors of his time in Iraq are still very real.

"I was attacked through a vehicular born improvised explosive device," Smith said. "I was about seven feet from where the vehicle went off from me, and there's probably really no reason I should be alive right now."

He's amazed and thankful his injuries were not severe.

"I broke my nose and ruptured my right ear drum," he said. "That was the extent of my injuries."

For other veterans like Peter Johns, a retired Navy chief, the injuries are much more severe and visible.

"64 percent of my body was burned," said Johns.

He lost his index finger and the use of some of his other fingers.

Johns said he had just returned from a four year deployment in the Persian Gulf and was working on board the USS Nimitz in San Diego, Calif. when a switchboard exploded.

He said charity events like the golf tournament have helped him get past the anger he felt when he was first injured.

The Lowcountry Foundation for Wounded Military Heroes has held the tournament for the past three years, raising money for organizations like Military Warrior Support Foundation, an organization for which Johns volunteers.

"We could not do the program if it wasn't for Birdies for the Brave and all of the people here that participate in this golf event," said Johns. "So, every home that we provide is basically because of the people in the community, like this community, made it possible to make someon's live that much easier."

The foundation is giving two military families homes this year. They say they raised $65,000 last year, which made it possible for them to give the houses away this year.

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