News 12 First at Five, April 9, 2010
AUGUSTA---He has traveled the world defending our country. He is now being treated to a trip to Augusta National. Augusta commissioner Joe Jackson paved the way for a wounded warrior to spend a day at the course.
Master Sgt. Michael Morton is heading to Augusta National.
"This is my first golf tournament ever," said Morton. "It's just amazing."
Commissioner Joe Jackson donated his badge.
"Things like this bless me more than the money," said Jackson.
Morton is making this trip after 3 tours in Iraq.
"I just can't even describe how wonderful everyone is," said Morton. "[They] are taking really good care of me."
Morton has been awarded 3 purple hearts.
"Too many times," laughed Morton.
"It just tickles me to death," said Masters visitor Sherry Sutton. "It gives me...I call them my universe bumps or God bumps."
Sherry also decided to donate her badge to another man in uniform.
"I just saw him and decided to say thank you for protecting us," said Sutton. "I wanted this gentleman to be able to see some of this golf because they are the people that keep us free."
It is becoming a bit of a tradition for Jackson. He did the same thing last year.
"It's something that I will probably continue to do," said Jackson. "It's not about me. It's about the soldiers that don't have an opportunity to come out here."
We are talking about prized and hard to get badges that many sport proudly. A few good men get to join the crowd.