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From the Front Lines to the Fairway – These Wounded Veterans Have Found a New Form of Therapy

It seems simple – maybe too simple – but just getting out into the public is not easy when you are suffering from PTSD or struggling with the difficulties of life-changing war injuries. You would rather not deal with people or their stares. But at this golf course in Lakewood, WA, they have found that a day on a quiet golf course with others who are experiencing the same is really quite therapeutic.

In that sense this is a simple story. You take veterans out to a golf course on a beautiful day, focus on them and teach them how to play the game, even with their various disabilities, and good things happen. The more ways that we can engage our veterans, help them recover a sense of well being, and discover new ways to look at accomplishment is a good thing.

Thanks to all who have served and to all those who serve them on their return home.

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Dan Doyle is a husband, father, grandfather, Vietnam veteran, and retired professor of Humanities at Seattle University. He taught 13 years at the high school level and 22 years at the university level. He spends his time now babysitting his granddaughter. He is a poet and a blogger as well. Dan holds an AA degree in English Literature, a BA in Comparative Literature, and an MA in Theology, and writes regularly for The Veterans Site blog.