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Amputee US Military Vets Take Part in Annual South Jersey Golf Outing

(A military veteran amputee golfer gets a steadying hand as he prepares to drive a ball at the Indian Spring Golf Club.  Photo by David Madden)

(A military veteran amputee golfer gets a steadying hand as he prepares to drive a ball at the Indian Spring Golf Club. Photo by David Madden)

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By David Madden

MARLTON, N.J. (CBS) — US military veterans who returned home from war as an amputee are being shown that the loss of a limb or two does not mean their lives are over.

Case in point: the seventh annual Amputee Veterans First Swing Golf Clinic, held this morning in South Jersey.

At the driving range at Indian Spring Country Club, veterans such as Lou Namm (below), who lost both legs in Vietnam, were showing some rookies the ropes.

 

(Lou Namm.  Photo by David Madden)

(Lou Namm. Photo by David Madden)

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Namm noted that it’s not how far you drive the ball — if at all –  that makes the difference, but rather that you’re out trying:

“It’s a tremendous feeling to know that you’ve taken somebody who thought they couldn’t do something and show them that you have to try and that you can, and then you can take it from there.”

He’ll tell you that it’s not just the body that benefits, but the mind and the soul of a wounded warrior.

This event could be considered a bit of a warmup for this summer, when the 34th National Veterans Wheelchair Games comes to Philadelphia, with 600 athletes taking part in 17 different events.