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PGA Helping Out Veterans

The PGA of America is more than just golf it is about helping and donating to local charities.
The PGA of America is more than just golf it is about helping and donating to local charities.

Even though this week is all about the pros, today was all about the charities. Oppenheimer Funds wanted to give back to veterans and thank them for serving our country. Military veterans from two organizations, Birdies for the Brave and the Veterans Outreach Center joined Oppenheimer Funds as they celebrated out war heroes.

"We've got vets from all eras; Korea to Afghanistan to Iraqi vets," Veterans Outreach Center CEO Gary Yale said.

Oppenheimer opened their doors to 60 veterans in hopes of connecting them with them game of golf and thanking them for their bravery everyday.

One of those vets, Josh Nyerges, served in Iraq in 2009 and just returned from a tour in Africa.

"For us to come down here and celebrate vets, wounded warriors; great experience," he said.

Phil Mickelson has been giving back to the troops for years with his Birdies for the Brave program. For every birdie or eagle made by Mickelson throughout the season a contribution of between $100 and $500 is donated to the veterans outreach programs.

"He and his wife Amy started Birdies or Braves in 2006; wonderful $6 million in order to help vets and give back," Digby Clements said.

The vets we talked to say they are so grateful to be a part of this experience, and everyone is grateful for them for their service.





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