Valdosta Golf Club Raises Money for Wounded Warriors

-- Valdosta, Ga. -- April 6, 2012 --

Thousands of military members have been injured since 2001, which is why the wounded warrior project was started. As Eyewitness News Reporter Eames Yates explains, it's an organization that keeps on helping.

You can hardly tell at first glance, but Joey Williams was injured in Afghanistan in August of 2009. He said "I had an RPG blow up right in my face right there and I think it's a miracle that I'm alive."

Williams is a Sargent in the Georgia National Guard. He is also a part of the Wounded Warrior Project which helps military members injured on or after September 11th, 2001.

The group provides help with medical costs and connects soldiers like Williams and Tommy Brazelton. Both men have similarly traumatic experiences.

Brazelton said "It gave me my life back. And we actually moved four hundred and something miles to be a part of the Wounded Warrior Project to help other people because of what it did for me."

Brazelton broke his neck in Iraq - and turned to Wounded Warriors for support when he returned home.

On Friday - members gathered for a golf tournament at the Stone Creek Golf Club in Valdosta. More than 60 sponsors have donated, helping the Wounded Warriors to raise about $10,000 dollars.

82 cents of every dollar donated to the Wounded Warrior Project goes directly to the injured soldiers and their families.

The Wounded Warrior Project was founded in 2003 by a group of veterans in Virginia and has expanded nation-wide.

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