|Bipartisanship on the Greens Benefits Wounded Warriors|
|The fifth annual bipartisan "Congressional Charity Golf Classic," pairs current and former Members of Congress together with wounded warriors in a tournament to benefit the Wounded Warrior Disabled Sports Project and the PGA Foundation's PGA H.O.P.E. (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere).|
WASHINGTON, July 23, 2012 -- The PGA of America teamed up with the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress and Disabled Sports USA to host the fifth annual bipartisan "Congressional Charity Golf Classic." The Classic pairs current and former Members of Congress together with wounded warriors in a tournament to benefit the Wounded Warrior Disabled Sports Project and the PGA Foundation's PGA H.O.P.E. (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) which is designed to introduce golf to veterans with disabilities.
When it comes to supporting the nation's warriors, Republicans and Democrats' partisanship goes by the wayside. More than 20 wounded warriors, teamed with 35 former and current Members of Congress, to participate in the Congressional Charity Golf Classic. The wounded warriors have successfully completed golf programs supported by the Wounded Warrior Disabled Sports Project and PGA H.O.P.E.. They represent the hundreds of wounded warriors that have benefitted from the programs.
For Maj. Justin Constantine, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, the sport of golf literally helped save his life. After being shot in Iraq while on patrol in 2006, he suffered severe facial damage, a visual impairment, and a traumatic brain injury. After receiving a Purple Heart, Constantine began to play golf as part of the Disabled Sports USA Warfighter Sports program. As a result of his involvement with the sport, he is now "back in the fight," working as part of a counterterrorism team with the Department of Justice, giving motivational speeches, and participating in numerous regional golf events. Maj. Constantine also won the Classic's long drive contest with a drive over 300 yards.
"It never ceases to amaze me what a significant role the game of golf plays in providing enjoyment, comfort, and a special healing for our country's heroes," said PGA of America President Allen Wronowski. "The Congressional Charity Golf Classic is a link between those who have sacrificed so much and our former and current elected officials of our country. Regardless of your political beliefs, there is a common denominator at this event – giving back to those who stepped up first for us."
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