In the years since leaving office, former President George W. Bush has kept a relatively low profile. Yet, the nation's 43rd president emerged on Monday to host a golf tournament to support America's wounded veterans. Bush hosted the two-day Warrior Open in Irving, Texas, a key component of his eponymous institute's Military Service Initiative, reports The Associated Press.
The tournament is in its second year and attracted 22 wounded warriors this time around. Back for another go is last year's winner Army Cpl. Chad Pfeifer, whose leg was amputated above the knee in 2007. As part of the rehab process he began playing golf more often, and the practice has certainly paid off.
"The competition for golf was good and to be able to hang out with President Bush – it was great," he told the AP. "He's always thought about the troops, and for him to continue to do that even when he’s out of office is incredible."
The Warrior Open is one of the most visible facets of Bush's efforts to support the troops, but his institute has much more planned. Earlier this year, the organization hosted a 100-kilometer bike ride to showcase the resilience of injured troops.