Since May 2011, I’ve worked as the Chief of Prosthetic and Sensory Aids Service at the VA Medical Center in Manchester, NH. Working in Prosthetics at the VA, I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to interact with many Veterans from all different walks of life. During this time, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting some truly inspirational American heroes. Many of these American heroes incurred serious physical injuries while fighting to protect our freedom. In an effort to give back to these injured Veterans, the Veteran Amputee Golf Association (VAGA) was formed in July 2013.
Thanks in part to the support of many, VAGA provides weekly golf clinics, practice times, tee times, and cart rentals to US Veterans who’ve experienced traumatic amputations. More importantly, this organization provides these wounded American heroes with an opportunity to play golf and interact with other Veterans with similar interests and backgrounds. Prior to the formation of this organization, none of VAGA’s members knew one another. Since inception, many swings have been taken and life-long relationships have been formed. This opportunity has provided me with a new appreciation of the VA’s mission, “To fulfill President Lincoln’s promise ‘To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan’ by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s veterans.” Watching the strength and courage of these injured American heroes is truly an inspiration, and working with these Veterans has added significant satisfaction to my position within the VA system of care.
Thanks to the commitment of the Veteran amputees within New England, the generosity of many, particularly Bob Bean (former golf pro), Bill Leombruno Sr. and Jr. (owners of Loudon Country Club), and Bob Underhill (owner of Legends Golf), we’ve been able to build the foundations of something special in the State of New Hampshire.
VAGA looks forward to many years of continued success thanks to the strength and courage of our local Veteran amputee golfers, the generosity of local sponsors, and the overwhelming support of people like you.
Thank you for all of your support!!!
Josh Dixon, Executive Director, VAGA