Veterans Swing Golf Clinic

September 16, 2009 4:42:27 PM PDT
A group of wounded veterans took to the driving range today. They gathered for the second annual Veterans Swing Golf Clinic. The goal of the Clinic is to expose those who've lost limbs in wars past and present and outside combat to a new sport and activity that will offer them some rehabilitation, but it does so much more.

"It's given me confidence outside of just the golf course. I've been promoted in my job, it just really gave me lots of confidence all around. It' s been a lifesaver for me," Army combat medic Leroy Scott said.

About 40 veterans attended this year's event, despite a pouring rain about an hour before it got underway. For most it's a way of networking with fellow vets, facing similar issues.

This clinic is a one day event that teaches basic golf swing technique and assists the men in perfecting their existing skills.

Dennis O'Donnell was at last year's clinic. He survived his military duty during Vietnam, but lost his legs from an infection six years ago. He uses shorter prostheses called "stubbies" to help with his balance.

"My goal today was just to be able to hit the ball and still be standing when I was done," O'Donnell said.

For some of these men, today's outing offered a few hours of relief from tremendously painful memories.

Dave McCracken was bitter toward the military after he lost his leg until he came to the golf clinic.

"Coming here with the people just being over backwards to help you and have a good time, I'm proud to be here," McCracken said.

It is an opportunity for true growth for America's true heroes.

The clinic is cosponsored by the Philadelphia VA Medical Center and VA Healthcare.

Douglas Huntsinger of Tailor-Made Golf was also on hand, as they too, sponsor this clinic for veterans.


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