The USO of North Carolina's annual golf outing is always inspiring. You're surrounded by active and retired military who spend their time trying to thank us for supporting them. Of course, it's the other way around.
The USO partners with and supports many other organizations that help our troops. Purple Heart Homes is one of the best. Started by Iraq war veterans John Gallina and Dale Beatty, they provide housing help for disabled veterans and their families. That could be building a new home or refitting an existing one.
I was able to speak with John Gallina during the tournament. He was hanging out on the 10th tee with this great fundraiser: for a $10 donation to Purple Heart Homes, he'd help you fire an AR-15 rifle specially outfitted to shoot golf balls. Then you got to use that as your tee shot!
In case you're wondering, #10 at Providence is 500 yards from the whites. We had a 97 yard chip and made eagle using that shot!
John's partner, Dale Beatty, played in the tournament. Here's a picture of Dale from a past feature in Golfweek. Look closely.
We can't say thank you enough to these amazing men and women.