CHARLOTTE, NC (Amanda Foster/WBTV) - "Folds of Honor" raises money to support the families of both fallen and wounded soldiers. A huge part of that fundraising comes from PGA pros.
This week, the group is spreading its vision across Quail Hollow Club.
"I was in trouble," said Major Ed Pulido, a Purple Heart recipient.
Major Pulido remembers a painful time 13 years ago when he almost lost his life over seas. He hit a roadside bomb in Iraq. In that moment, he says one thing gave him strength.
"I pulled out a picture of my daughter," he said, "and they inspire me every day."
His is a story like thousands across the country. On Wednesday he shared that story in order to spread the word about Folds of Honor, who he says helps families of soldiers like himself.
"The ultimate payback is when we hear these people tell their stories, and tell us and everyone else how much those Folds of Honor scholarships mean to them. That's enough to energize you, make you want to run through a wall," said Folds of Honor Vice President Tony Biata.
Major Pulido says he's eternally grateful to those who saved his life 13 years ago and to those still helping. They gave the wounded warrior a second chance in life.
Pulido and his team are now trekking across the greens and raising awareness for the cause.
They say PGA pros are among their top fundraisers as the golfers gear up for a nationwide tournament next month. For Pulido, he'll be at Quail Hollow Club again Thursday to help support other families like his own.
"I want my daughters to know that the people here and around the country care about the people that serve this great nation," he said.
The nationwide tournament in September is called the Patriot Golf Day. There, PGA pros have raised $22 million over the last ten years. This year alone, they're aiming for $7.5 million.
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