By: Katie Jones
They put their lives on the line to fight for our freedom and The John Deere classic is giving back to our wounded warriors. To honor our nation's hero's birdies for the brave teamed up with Callaway golf to give some Illinois veterans a very special day on the green. Full of smiles and some pretty great swings. You'd never guess marine veteran Chad Watson carries pain that goes way beyond the surface.
"After we raided a house following that raid we jumped in a vehicle and as soon as we jumped in the next thing you know the vehicle was 10 feet in the air. The I–E–D hit below my seat and took my right leg above the knee and shattered my leg" Watson said.
But Chad wouldn't let his wounds get the best of him. 5 years later and after 17 months of rehab he's back on his feet but on a different course.
"It's therapeutic I get to go out with other wounded vets, hear their stories. Its relaxing takes your mind off things. You don't have to worry about the injury it's my recreation now" Watson said.
Chad said golf has helped him cope and thanks to today's event, he got some tips from the pros to go along with his new, free custom clubs. He hopes to inspire other wounded vets to beat the odds.
"Growing up I was wrestling and playing football ... and now this is the last place I expected to be but I love it" Watson said.
This is the first year birdies for the brave has partnered with Callaway Golf for this event at the JDC but organizers hope it'll become a tradition.