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Veterans Amputee Golf Event Returns to Pitman Golf Course


         For Immediate Release: September 27, 2011

Contact:  Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger (856-853-3395)

Veterans Amputee Golf Event Returns to Pitman Golf Course

(Pitman, NJ) – Gloucester County’s Pitman Golf Course has been chosen again by the Philadelphia VA Medical Center and VA Healthcare-VISN 4 to host the Amputee Veteran’s Next Step Golf Clinic on September 29 from 9 am until 12 noon.  The event will feature 36 golfers, 18 of which will be Amputee Veterans.

 Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger said that the participants are inspiring.  “These veterans lost so much and still they get up every day and move forward with their lives and learn to appreciate so many things many of us take for granted.” 

  “We are proud to be part of a program that helps our veterans with their rehabilitation.  The veterans are motivating and I am looking forward to meeting them and playing with them,” Damminger said.

 Bethany Purdue, Recreational Therapist at the Philadelphia Veterans Medical Center said that the Amputee Veterans Next Step Golf Clinic is for amputee Veterans who have completed the First Swing clinic and are ready to move forward in their rehabilitation and abilities in the game of golf. The Next Step golf clinic offers the Veterans the opportunity to play in a golf scramble and learn the rules and skills needed to play a complete game.

 The clinic is a nine-hole golf scramble format comprised of nine teams, each made up of 2 amputee Veterans, one golf teaching professional, and one special guest. They will spend the morning out on the course learning all about the game, and receiving tips and hands-on assistance from the pros.  The goal of the Next Step is to give the Veterans the tools they need to be able to play a game of golf on their own and continue on the path of rehabilitation and recovery. 

 Special guests will include:
Christopher Nowak, National Director, Veterans Sports Programs and Special Events
Doug Hilliard, VISN4 Prosthetic Rep
Jeff Vollum, PVAMC Asst. Chief, Health Administrative Services Tony Carrozzo, PVAMC, PT/OT Supervisor
Tim Rayer, Prosthetic Innovations
Mark Mullin, National Guard Armory 114th Infintry
Duane Sarmiento, Director, Gloucester County Veterans Affairs Bob Damminger, Freeholder Director, Gloucester County, NJ
Carmel Morina, Sheriff, Gloucester County, NJ