George W. Bush Holds Golf Tournament for Veterans

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IRVING, Texas -- Folks who have served this country have remarkable stories.

“I was with the recon element out of Germany and we were basically ambushed in the Korengal Valley," said retired Army SFC John
Faulkenberry.wounded vet

"On Thanksgiving night of 2004, our vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device, which killed my gunner, Ryan, of Beaver Dam. Caused me a severe injury, most severe being the loss of my left leg," Retired Sgt. US Marine B.J. Ganem explained.

No doubt these wounded warriors deserve a little R&R. And what better way to get it than on the green at the Las Colinas Country Club?

Former President George W. Bush was on hand for the 2015 Warrior Open.

“This is a moment to honor courage, compassion, patriotism and sacrifice -- and golf," Bush said. “It’s exciting to honor the vets."

This is all part of the Bush Institute's military service initiative.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity --  an opportunity to feel special for a few days," Faulkenberry said.

“This is a spectacular event! I love how it's not just a golf event where they send you home. They bring you into a family,” Ganem said.

While these swingers get their game on par, the Open is not about the love of the game, but much more.

“Some of us have more injuries than the others, and some of us are still struggling a little bit," Ganem said. "But all we need is a little bit of understanding."

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