News 12 This Morning, Friday, April 10th, 2015
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW)- It's day two of the masters tournament and a group of wounded veterans are getting to spend it at Augusta National.
Josh Peyton fought for our country for 20 years, and this week he retired from the military and having a once in a lifetime opportunity at the Masters.
"Being able to get six or seven wounded veterans to the Masters , so they can touch the hallowed grounds, and be able to walk around where great golfers walked has been a pretty humbling experience," said Josh Peyton with the Veteran Golf Association.
Seven wounded warriors from across the country with the Veteran Golf Association came to Augusta, and got an experience that will last a lifetime. They met green jacket winner Larry Mize, Darren Clarke, and even got to rock out with Darius Rucker.
"Some of these guys have sacrificed a lot for our country, and they've done a lot so that people are free to walk at Augusta National, and just have an opportunity to do is just a really great experience," said Peyton.
The love of golf means so much more to veterans.
"I think golf unlike any other sport is able to bring people together for a camaraderie. With the Veteran Golf Association just hope we're really trying to do is to get soldiers a positive experience. They may have had some pretty bad things happen fighting for country. They might have been injured in the line of duty. We just want them to get out and be social and active and competitive for the game of golf," said Peyton.
Peyton said in the wounded veteran community, they don't really talk about what they've gone through, but on the course there's an unspoken bond.
"Just be friends with one another and support one another. I think that's what the power of golf does for veterans," said Peyton.
It's that power of golf that helped Josh after a horrific accident in Iraq.
"When I was getting medivaced out of Iraq i just remember my hand being pretty mangled, and I just thought to myself I wonder if I will ever hold a golf club again. Just being about to put a golf club in my hand is pretty special," said Peyton.
What's next for Peyton is more tee times, and what's next for the Veteran Golf association is the first ever national veteran championship that will be on Veterans Day at Pinehurst.