Local golfers give back to American service men and women

Local golfers give back to American service men and women

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - More than a hundred golfers made a difference for the families of American service men and women Monday at the Tidewater Patriot Day Charity Golf Tournament.

The tournament raises money for many local charitable organizations, one of which is The Folds of Honor Foundation. FHF provides post-secondary educational scholarships for children and spouses of military men and women killed or disabled while serving for our country.

"Well I just feel so great to be here at Tidewater, to be in South Carolina, and to be launching Patriot Golf Day all across this country," said Maj. Ed Pulido of The Folds of Honor Foundation. "It humbles me, because as a service member who lost their left leg in combat, I understand that freedom's not free. And for us, we have so many other people, not just Tidewater, but 5,000 golf courses signed up this weekend making a difference across this nation."

Professional Bowler Rhino Page said it was an honor to be there.

"Folds of Honor means everything to me," Page said. "I get a chance to give back to our veterans. These people served and gave their lives for us to have freedom, and to be able to give back through the bowling event on Friday and golf today means a great deal and I am honored to be here."

According to foldsofhonor.org, nearly nine out of 10 dependents of service men and women do not qualify for federal scholarship assistance. The organization has already given out 10,000 of those scholarships.

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