POSTED: Saturday, October 9, 2010 - 9:34pm
UPDATED: Saturday, October 9, 2010 - 10:18pm
Wounded troops arrive in East Texas for some relaxation and a golf tournament
TYLER - Kevin Mundorff is a Seargent in the Marine Core. He was wounded in 2006 after being hit with numerous explosive devices. Saturday, he and other wounded troops arrived at Tyler Pounds to spend a few days in East Texas for some rest and relaxation - including - a golf tournament.
"'Hope for the Warriors' has set up a golf tournament for us. Should be a good time. I came to this last year and it was an excellent time. Tyler treated us well," Mundorff said.
Dick Goetz is the chairman of 'Texas Wounded Warrior.' It's an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that sponsors the annual 'Wounded Warrior Golf Pro-Am Celebrity Scramble.' Goetz is glad to have the troops here in East Texas for a few days. He says this year's tournament is the biggest yet.
"We started 3 years ago with 6 warriors, last year we had 14, and this year we're gonna have about 20," Goetz said.
After a welcome ceremony at Tyler Pounds, the wounded warriors and other Veterans were honored at a banquet in Bullard.
At Saturday night's banquet, paratroopers delivered the American and Texas flags - and military fly-overs wowed the crowd.
"These guys that come down here with me, these wounded guys, you can sit there and look at them, they're not letting their injuries define them. They're letting their spirit define them," said Chris Hedgcorth, a wounded troop.
The proceeds for the golf tournament will benefit 'Hope for the Warriors' - a national non-profit organization that helps wounded warriors and their families.