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needed. Their clubs, if needed, are custom modified or, if necessary, a set of clubs is custom built. A continuation program

is given to the warrior, as well as goals to achieve. Follow up training and evaluations are given as needed and as available. There is no real “end” to



olfing For Freedom brings wounded war-

riors back into mainstream life in a productive and enjoyable way. Designed by Roy and Myrna Tousley of GTXtreme in partnership with Eagles Up, the program provides recreational therapy and a way for our heroes to cope with and get on with their lives. Many warriors come

home with both mental and physical disabilities. For some, due to the nature of their injuries, it can be ex- tremely life altering. “Golf- ing For Freedom” requires both the mental and physical commitment that promotes the individual’s ability to overcome their newest chal- lenges. This program takes the warrior past “thank you for your service” and enables them to show all that noth- ing can stop the person who wants to move on. In May 2012, Roy and

Myrna attended the 3rd Annual Marine LCpl Travis Layfield Memorial Golf Tournament and Fun(d) Raiser and were moved by Dianne Layfield’s story of

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her son. Dianne’s desire to bring warriors to her golf tournament has morphed into an effort to bring more of our heroes to the forefront to recognize and to honor them for their sacrifices. Inspired by the annual

tournament, the program is designed to focus on efforts to get wounded warriors to rejoin society through recreational therapy. Since golf requires both mental and physical abilities, the focus required to play forces the participants to utilize what they have available, and enables them to compete on more even ground. Wounded warriors par- ticipating in the program are given goals to achieve while they’re coached by profes- sionals in the industry. This donation-based effort can lead to the wounded warrior competing in veteran golf tournaments—and setting an example not only for our

For Freedom and the tournament can be found on our website, or you can email, or call Doug at 415/309-2510.


service members, but those that have suffered setbacks of their own. After screening, selected

warriors go to the GTX facility in Arizona where they’re evaluated through personal and electronic observation. This two- to three-day evaluation is used partially to evaluate their abilities and equipment needs, and to design the personal training program

the program. The overall goal is to have wounded warriors participating in golf events nationwide—examples of true heroes coming back to an activity that requires mental and physical ability. The more difficult it is for someone to compete and participate in activities, the more these warriors will set examples that all can aspire to. Warriors are some of the most important people in the world. They are an integral part of our future. Giving warriors and our injured examples of what they can do with the proper motivation and willingness is a true demonstration of the American way of life. If we can give hope and inspiration to others, and a life back to those that pay so much, we’ve accomplished our mission. They will not only inspire each other, they will inspire others to get up, get out and rejoin society. One of our goals is to get

these warriors to participate in the Marine LCpl Travis Layfield Memorial Golf Tournament and Fun(d) Raiser on May 3. Funds donated to the Golfing For Freedom program also cover their costs to participate in the tournament and showcase their talents. Sponsorships and dona-

tions can help these two programs have an impact on hundreds of lives.

Complete details on registering as a golfer, donations, and sponsorships for both Golfing

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