Wounded Warrior Andrew Putman Turns To Golf For Healing

Andrew Putman was an airborne medic for the 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army and serving in Afghanistan when a remote-controlled IED destroyed the truck in which his platoon was traveling. He suffered severe shrapnel wounds and after returning to his family unable to do normal activities, he says he was “ready to call it quits.”

But he soon found the Salute Military Golf Association, which allowed Putman and other wounded warriors to take part in free golf clinics, receive free lessons, and play rounds of golf at no cost. Back9Network’s Alexis Morgan visited Putman, who explained how golf was a rehabilitation tool for him and a crucial part in healing his wounds.

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Andrew Putman will never forget the day he was injured — “28APR12” is tattooed on the inside of his right forearm. “I should have not made it,” he says. “But I did. I got a second chance.”

Underneath the date is “Sannicolas,” the surname for Private First Class Christian Sannicolas, a gunner on the truck in which Putman was working on his fateful day. Putman recalls the attack his platoon suffered, when Sannicolas was the only one who didn’t survive the accident. “I don’t want him to be forgotten,” Putman says.


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