Virginia golf outing part of national push to aid wounded warriors

RESTON, Va. — One day, 140 golf courses, and 12,000 golfers.

The so-called World’s Largest Golf Outing showcases coast-to-coast support for service members.  Now in its fifth year, the WLGO hopes to raise $1 million for the Wounded Warrior Project.

“Last year, we had about 110 golf courses, and it’s up again this year, so we should hit the $1 million mark,” says Gary Huebner, the general manager at 1757 Golf Club.

Billy Casper Golf — based in northern Virginia — spearheads the event.

“It shows that the people supporting veterans have their backs,” says Kevin Napier, a veteran who teed it up at the Reston location. “The veterans that have done the work are being supported by those who haven’t served.”

Sal Gonzalez, who lost a leg while serving in Iraq, saw firsthand the work the Wounded Warrior Project does.

“I learned that I can still do all the things I used to do, regardless of my injury,” he says. “I can learn to live with my new normal, and that’s part of what Wounded Warrior Project does.”

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