Former President George W. Bush launches the Warrior Open golf tournament this weekend in Irving, Texas. Now in its third year, the annual competition honors the wounded veterans who fought during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, ABC News reports.
Sponsored by the Bush Institute's Military Service Initiative, the tournament features 24 veterans from the Army, Marine Corps and Air Force, according to the event's website. All of the veterans were injured during combat. Some are amputees, while others suffered from traumatic brain injuries. They have since turned to golfing as a form of healing.
"The example of these folks out here today is an important example for our fellow citizens," Bush told the news source. "You can either be defeated or defeat your injury. They all have chosen to defeat."
Bush told the news outlet that the military members had a great effect on him during his presidency and that this is his way of honoring their service.
This will also be the first year with a special Pro-Am competition, which includes PGA Tour pros and sponsors of the Bush Institute, the event's website states.