When a soldier returns from war there may be unseen wounds they have and are not able to be easily patched up. 

That’s why the inaugural Wounded Warrior Golf Tournament in Ahwatukee plans to spread awareness for all veterans and continue the fight to assist them in any way possible.

The golf tournament will take place on Sept. 29 at 7:30 a.m. at Club West in Ahwatukee, 16400 S. 14th Ave., and is open to the general public for $100 per person, which covers lunch, beverages and a commemorative gift bag.

Individuals who can’t afford the $100 fee are encouraged to attend the event, and any donations will be greatly accepted. 

Abrahm McCann, business development manager of Native Air, said the company he works for choose to do the Wounded Warrior Project because it’s a way to raise money for the program.

The Wounded Warrior Project, founded by veterans who came from the conflict in Afghanistan, is designed to help fellow veterans with getting different resources to help them enter back into civilian world. 

McCann, an alumni of Wounded Warrior, said he reached out to the organization with the idea of having a fundraiser to help the cause in any way he could.

He added that the company he works for is heavily involved with the community, and chooses four community events each year to assist with. 

“Being a Wounded Warrior and a veteran myself, I pitched them the idea of having a golf tournament and they said it was good, so they sent me a letter saying they endorsed the event,” McCann said. “The rest was up to me to make the event successful.”

He says the most important thing about the charity event is to simply raise awareness and garner community involvement.

“We still have veterans returning home dealing with the wounds suffered from protecting our freedoms… we want to spread the word that there are good organizations that are doing a lot to help our veterans,” McCann said. 

For more information about the Wounded Warrior Golf Tournament and the organization, visit www.woundedwarriorproject.org.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-4903 or dochoa@ahwatukee.com.

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