Waterville Valley Golf Course hosted two soldiers from the Wounded Warrior Project and two young men (one of whom is the son of two wounded warriors) for a golf outing on Saturday, Aug. 20.
Tim Hanlon, Nate Smith and his son, Ned, and young Bryce were accompanied by Kathy Chandler of Waterville Valley’s AbilityPlus program and Jack Daly, acting director of the New England Disabled Sports program.
The foursome not only enjoyed a game of golf here in Waterville Valley, but a day of surfing at Hampton Beach and a cycling trip through Franconia Notch.
The Union Leader newspaper featured an article about the group of surfers.
It never even occurred to Tim Hanlon of Lemington, Vt., that he would ever be able to ski or surf after suffering a painful and debilitating hip injury during a military training exercise after six years in the Navy.
“Five years ago, I looked out at the horizon and I saw pain and not doing anything,” Hanlon said. “Now, I take my kids to go and do things and we all have a good time and help others.”
He said participating in activities like waterskiing, surfing and winter sports is also a way for him and other veterans to “get out of their own heads” for a little while, and gives them a reason to want to keep going.
As he talked about seeing the American flag flying over the tent at North Beach as civilians and veterans alike hit the beach, Hanlon choked up.
“A lot of folks here are civilians with no military experience, but they are here because we are all in the same situation and we all know someone who has been crushed and we have to lift each other up,” Hanlon said.
Check out the photos – below – taken by Jim Wall, Waterville Valley Golf Club manager.
(Above – left to right: Tim Hanlon, Nate Smith, Ned Smith, Bryce R., Jack Daly & Kathy Chandler)
(Above – left to right: Nate Smith attempts a putt that his son, Ned, helped line-up.)