Last week, over 120 golfers participated in the annual Veterans Purple Heart Golf Classic at South Carolina's Dataw Island Golf Club. Over the past 6-years, the Classic has raised more than $125,000 for the Folds of Honor Foundation, a supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project.
Among the distinguished, including wounded, veterans participating in the tournament, was retired Army Staff-Sergeant and Bluffton resident, Chris Bain. While serving in Iraq, Chris was severely injured and nearly perished in combat from an exploding mortar-round, resulting in evacuation to Germany for life-sustaining treatment, then a very lengthy recuperation at Walter Reed, although the residual impact, from injuries suffered, will remain with him throughout his life. Following the golf outing, he spoke to tournament participants about his two battles, one against enemy forces, and the other to regain his life. Chris Bain will soon graduate from the Professional Golfers Career College, and hopes to continue volunteering with the Wounded Warrior Project.
The guiding-light of the Veterans Purple Heart Golf Classic is retired Army Colonel Glenn Blackburn, a Vietnam veteran, and himself a Purple Heart recipient. Our thanks to Colonel Blackburn, to the Dataw Island Golf Club, to our veterans, and to all others who participated in this worthy fundraising event. There's very little as satisfying, or more deserving, than giving back, both in time and money, to those who've served, and too often sacrificed, to bring liberty to the oppressed, and to keep our own cherished nation sovereign and free.