KUNA – A corporation devoted to serving to those that put their lives on the road for our nation via the sport of golf, the Veteran Golfers Affiliation (VGA) permits vets and their households to compete, socialize, keep lively and heal, whereas having fun with camaraderie and competitors.
VGA has been round since 2014, and that is the inaugural yr for the Idaho chapter. There are about sixty five members in Idaho proper now; they’re trying to get the phrase out about this nonprofit that provides vets and their relations an outlet.
Among the many group is golf celebrity, and the primary amputee to play on a PGA Tour occasion, Chad Pfeifer.
“I used to be an airborne infantry man,” Pfeifer stated. “Our unit was deployed to Iraq in 2006 after which April 12, 2007, our truck hit an IED, which resulted within the lack of my left leg above the knee.”
Pfeifer says he was launched to the sport of golf whereas going via remedy for his damage in San Antonio, and the game turned one other supply of treatment.
“It was remedy for me, it allowed me to get outdoors once I was getting used to my prosthetic,” he added.
The sport offered a chance for him to be round different veterans.
“It type of saved my life and if golf may help different individuals – which I do know it has and it’ll proceed to take action – my story can get on the market and be an inspiration to others,” Pfeifer advised KTVB.
As a member of VGA, he goals to attempt to assist those that served and their family members push by means of extremely troublesome occasions.
“An ideal sense of camaraderie whenever you’re with them as a result of you’ll be able to vent to them about what is going on on or what you are going by way of,” he added. “It provides us all type of one thing in widespread. We have all been by way of totally different tales, totally different avenues by way of the army. However we will all sort of revolve round golf.”
Lucas O’Neill, an lively Air Guard member and retired Air Drive, began the chapter in Idaho final yr.
“You’ll be able to speak about your service, what you skilled abroad. Get guys out that may be remoted at residence, get them out speaking to different veterans, get them lively once more,” O’Neill stated, “Having a corporation that may focus strictly on that and making an attempt to get people concerned at that degree, I used to be bought.”
The Veteran Golfers Affiliation, Idaho State Chapter, held 4 tournaments this yr. 9 members went on to compete within the regional championship in San Diego. Pfeifer and one other member, Dorman Griffith, are heading to VGA Nationals in Biloxi, Miss., October eight by means of eleven, the place they are going to be competing towards veterans from all walks of…