FRANKFORT, Ky. (8/14/13) – On Mon., Aug., 19, Sen. Rand Paul and Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.) will host a golf tournament in Louisville, Ky. to benefit Helping a Hero, an organization that builds specially adapted homes for severely injured veterans.
Helping a Hero has built two homes in Kentucky for wounded veterans and their families:
Sgt. J.D. Williams was on his second tour of Afghanistan on Oct. 9, 2010, when he stepped on an IED. The injury left him a triple amputee; he lost both legs and an arm. Helping a Hero joined with local builders Bennie Jones and Larkin Ritter to build J.D., his wife Ashlee and their daughter Kaelyn a new home just outside of Bowling Green, Ky.
Cpl. Matt Bradford was on his second tour of Iraq on Jan. 18, 2007, when he stepped on an IED. The injury left him a double amputee and completely blind. Helping a Hero teamed with local builders Peterson Homes to build Matt, his wife Amanda, and their three children a new home in Nicholasville, Ky.
Kelley Paul, wife of Sen. Paul, serves on the advisory board and is the Kentucky chair of Helping a Hero. More information on Helping a Hero can be found at HelpingAHero.org.
The event on Aug. 19 – called “The Odd Couple Challenge” – will be held at Valhalla Golf Club, which is the No. 1-ranked golf course in Kentucky and the site of the 2014 PGA Championship. The press is invited to cover the event. Pre-golf festivities begin at 8:30 a.m. ET and will include the singing of the National Anthem and remarks by Sen. Paul, Rep. Yarmuth, Meredith Iler, founder of Helping a Hero, and others. Sgt. Williams and Cpl. Bradford both plan to attend.
Three wounded veterans will play in the golf tournament and several veterans plan to attend the weekend events.
A sponsor dinner will be held on Sun., Aug. 18 at 6:30 p.m ET at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Louisville. Sen. Paul and Rep. Yarmuth will speak at the dinner.
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