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Golf event raises funds for wounded and ill military members

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A special event Monday brought together soldiers who were wounded or became seriously ill while serving our country, and they were joined by many who put it all on the line yet still work to give back.

More than a dozen soldiers in recovery from illnesses or accidents participated in the first 18 Fore Military Families Golf Tournament to help raise about $250,000 for six nonprofit organizations that help Middle Tennessee soldiers.

"They provide all these events, which helps my mental state so I'm not sitting in my barracks all the time thinking about my injuries," said Sgt. Eric Lieber.

Nearly 70 businesses and 200 golfers stepped up to donate time and money.

"The ultimate goal today is to double the size of our military efforts," said Marc Sierra, managing director of Lend Lease Public Partnerships.

"The community of Nashville, Clarksville, Middle Tennessee is committed to helping families," said Col. Buck Dellinger.

The entire time Army Sgt. Christian Roberts was serving in Iraq, he was sick.

"I was drained of energy all day long, and I was gaining weight constantly and I didn't know why," Roberts said.

Roberts had been fighting for our country with a brain tumor growing on his pituitary gland. He was diagnosed in October 2012 and had surgery the next month.

"I have friends at the Wounded Warrior Project that would come help us as much as possible," Roberts said.

Now, Roberts is in the Warrior Transition Unit at Fort Campbell, and nearly one year after his surgery, he's improved a lot.

And he's stepping up to help other soldiers like him, who either fell ill or were injured in the line of duty, with events like Monday's golf tournament.

After the long road to recovery, Roberts says his hope is to get right back to serving.

"That's my goal now is to get return to duty and get back into it," he said.

Several programs offer help for Midstate military families, including the Wounded Warrior Project, Birdies for the Brave Patriots' Outpost, Operation Shower, Not Alone, BlueStar Scholarships and Military HomeFront.

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