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Texas Wounded Warriors Foundation gives back to East Texas vets in a big way

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Tommy Guinn on his new SoloRider. Tommy Guinn on his new SoloRider.
SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) -

We all know the price of freedom is high, but veteran Tommy Guinn knows that from first-hand experience. He was a flight engineer on a Chinook helicopter in Afghanistan when it went down. He suffered wounds that left him paralyzed from the waist down.

Tommy has always enjoyed a round of golf, and has been able to continue to play, thanks to a specialized golf cart. Unfortunately, the cart broke down beyond repair; that’s when the Texas Wounded Warriors Foundation stepped in.

“I actually took clubs to Afghanistan with me, and over to Iraq, just so I could say I did golf while I was out there,” Guinn explained.

“So you golfed before, during and after,” I observed.

“Exactly,” he laughed.

At the annual Texas Wounded Warriors Foundation luncheon held at the Kiepersol Restaurant in Smith County, members of the board got to meet the veteran they helped out. Tommy received a SoloRider golf cart from the foundation.

“It’s set up where the clubs are facing in front of me so I can pull the clubs out. It’s got a canopy on the top, the seat pivots to the left or the right, and then it stands me up so I can actually swing from kind of a standing position,” Guinn said.

Tommy says there’s no way he could afford a new cart, and without the Wounded Warriors Foundation, he’d have a hard time golfing.

“The only reason I’m not doing something I want to do is because I haven’t figured out how to do it yet, and if I really want to do it I’m going to figure out how to do it. That what these guys did. They helped me with that, to be able to continue to play golf,” Tommy said.

And so did a group of golfers at Eagle’s Bluff. They came up with over $5,000 to help pay for Tommy’s cart, and with it comes some of the best therapy Tommy Guinn can have: 18 holes.

The Texas Wounded Warrior’s Foundation also purchased a van to help East Texas disabled vets get to their VA appointments, and they provided financing to another veteran, Timothy Pennington, who suffered debilitating injuries while deployed to Iraq. Pennington was also handed a set of keys to a home provided by Campbell Custom Homes.

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