Wounded warriors healing on Alabama golf courses this week

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) – On Sept. 29, 2004, Michael Barrett’s life changed. While on his first tour in Iraq, the now retired U.S. Marine’s Humvee was hit by a roadside bomb.

“Went through 300 plus days of medical recovery, learning how to walk again,” Michael Barrett, a wounded veteran said.

During that recovery period, Barrett turned to golf. A sport he was never interested in before being wounded.

“Honestly I really wish I would have started sooner,” Barrett said.

Tuesday, Barrett was surrounded by men and women with similar stories playing a round of golf at the Robert Trent Jones Oxmoor Valley course. 12 wounded soldiers from around the country are in Alabama this week to play at various RTJ courses. These soldiers are associated with the Semper Fi Fund, which provides immediate assistance to post-9/11 wounded veterans and their families.

Barrett says being out on the course with these guys is helping to heal scars seen and unseen.

“We have guys that have grown to love the game of golf and have endured unfortunate effects of combat and being wounded at many different levels. Spending the day with one another again, back in that moment, what we all have missed is the take away,” Barrett said.

Time that’s well worth it.

“I like to say this becomes a motivational recharge and keeps you in a good place. It’s recovery through sport,” Barrett added.

The soldiers will be playing at RTJ courses in Pratville and Greenville later this week.

For more information on the Semper Fi Fund visit: https://semperfifund.org/

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