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Military officer groups outing provides funds for wounded vets
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On June 6, the Georgia Mountain Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America, a group of active, retired and former military officers, sponsored a golf tournament at Lake Lanier Islands for Wounded Warriors (wounded service members of any war or conflict) to raise funds for Homes for Troops, Fisher House and Wounded Warrior Transition and related programs. The chapter will donate more than $30,000 to those programs.

We extend our thanks to the residents of this great county and to the many sponsors and donors that made this event possible. Thirty-six wounded warriors from the Korean, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan wars were in the mix, each playing in a foursome at no cost to the warrior. Fifteen of the warriors brought their families and stayed in the Lodge at no cost and with free admission to the Lake Lanier Island's playgrounds.

Why golf? The military has discovered that golf is one of the best means of developing rehabilitation for wounded service members. It strengthens muscle groups, improves coordination and brings about renewed confidence in the individual. The Chapter is proud to be part of that effort.

We extend our thanks to Hall County, the members who live there, the residents who supported us with donations and sponsorships, the many businesses who gave so generously. We look forward to once again honoring these veterans in 2012.

Donald Brown
Georgia Mountain Chapter, Public Affairs, Dawsonville

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