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Good morning -- Memorial Day is about honoring those who died in service of our country and let's talk now.
To our next -- he's a fighter pilot who served three tours of duty in Iraq.
-- -- -- He wants to use this -- honor our heroes and make sure that not of their families are left behind on the field of battle for him this is all about god country and golf.
He joins us live this morning for the patriot club golf.
Course in Oklahoma City major Dan Rooney he's the founder of folds of honor.
And died the group provides scholarships.
And Allen Ron house he is the president of the PGA of America good morning -- -- -- -- thanks for joining -- -- -- just start by telling us what made you start folds of honor.
Draw first of all it's a great.
-- be an American and Memorial Day.
Is a Holiday -- in many of -- this country that has lost its its relevance its they have great reverence that's about the men and women who have given their lives for our freedoms.
And my background rather unique F sixteen fighter pilot.
Done three tours of duty in Iraq and now we'll tell you that I've seen first hand that freedom is not free men and women giving their lives in their -- In defense of our country.
And I I had an inspiration in my life.
I ended up about six months after my second tour of duty on a commercial airline flight from Chicago here to Grand Rapids.
Michigan as we pulled into the gate the captain came over the PA and announce that we had the remains of corporal Brock -- on board.
They've been killed in Iraq and his twin brother corporal Brad Buckland had brought -- those 7000 miles home.
And as I watched that night the book clintons on the darkest night of their lives his four year old son insects often.
With the flag draped on top of it inched down the cargo hold ramp I knew I had to do some things to give back.
And my other occupation.
Besides being a fighter pilot in the origin -- call sign Noonan.
Is on the PGA golf professional and so we are able to combine -- game of golf and my love of country.
To form the folds of honor foundation which provides scholarships to the spouses and kids of those killed or disabled in Iraq and Afghanistan.
And I'm honored to have one of -- great wing men in my life and a great friend president Alan -- Steve Allen the president of the PGA of America.
Alan let me ask you you know this is a really busy time for those PGA golfers right now what is this means you're bound to be involved with us.
What the way.
For us VOA give back -- to be over share with our fellow PGA professional they have a great -- -- -- World -- I PGA of America.
Has been active with military activities and how we can support the troops and you know and being involved with featured being involved -- a preacher gulf state to be able to raise funds and.
You know -- I raise an -- a lot of money to go to these scholarships and it's impressive you raise in the millions of dollars.
What decided thirteen million dollars and barring.
You know you think about what golf does for the country thought raises 3.5 billion dollars for -- and every -- so.
Yeah certainly my a great partnership.
For our service members 38 military -- golfers.
We'll be opt for an excuse me 38 military golfers will be paired paired with a bunch of Bob pros Rickie Fowler Tom Lehman Corey haven.
Along with Rascal -- and country music starts the gentlemen thank you so much major Rooney.
And also Allen -- housekeeper on the PGA president of the PGA gentlemen thank you so much.
And have a good day right thank you -- a lot and that --
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