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Warrior Open

In 2017, the Bush Presidential Center will hold the Warrior Open, a competitive 36-hole golf tournament, including an 18-hole Pro-Am. The event honors U.S. service members who serve and sacrifice to defend the United States of America and heralds the many effective organizations that give their time, talents and resources to support the men and women of our military and their families.

Why Golf?

Veterans do not accidentally turn to golf. The game often becomes a way to help them recover from the physical and mental traumas they experienced on the battlefield.

Jacque Keeslar, a retired U.S. Army sergeant first class, said he got serious about the sport after his first year back from military service. Before teeing off on the 15th hole Wednesday morning, Keeslar, a double amputee, described how golf helped him regain his physical balance and mobility.

“Just walking the terrain is challenging,” he said. Golf provided a way to learn how to do that, as well as simply provide good therapy. “You get to be out in the woods, even yell and scream,” he explained with a smile. “Sometimes that is a good release.”

 

2.5M

post-9/11 veterans in the U.S

Meet the Warriors

Find out more about the servicemen and women participating in the 2015 Warrior Open

Accepting Applications for 2017

“We will crown a champion. More importantly, we will honor all those who serve and sacrifice to defend our freedom.” – President George W. Bush

Applications for the 6th Annual Warrior Open Golf Tournament are now open.

71%

of Americans have little to no understanding of the issues facing our post-9/11 vets