Disc golf to benefit veterans: Deadline to sign up approaches

Disc golf to benefit veterans: Deadline to sign up approaches

The deadline is fast approaching to enter Chains for Vets' third annual fundraising tournament from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 2 at the disc golf course in Shreveport's Ford Park.

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - June 19 is the last day to sign up for the charity event that will give its proceeds to Woody's Home for Veterans and the women veterans health care program at Overton Brooks VA Medical Center in Shreveport.

"The first year, we raised $4,200; and last year, we raised $6,700," said Dieter Neumann, who has been playing disc golf since the early 1990s. "I have a goal of 10k, and we need more help to get to that goal."

Doc Key, founder of Woody's Home for Veterans, said its foundation is grateful and appreciative. "It touches your heart; and veterans, in my opinion, are one of the least controversial nonprofits there is.

"All we are trying to do is help mentally ill veterans and keep them from killing themselves," Key continued. "Twenty-two (veterans) die a year by their own hands and then to homelessness."

Women veterans are just as deserving and represent a very under-treated need, he added.

"I was reading today on the news where a lady veteran got a note left on her car because she parked in a veteran spot," Key said. "Somebody wrote a note and said 'Hey lady, this is for people who served.' She was an eight-year veteran. I think a lot of us forget that women serve."

Disc golfer Ryan Latchaw personally understands the value of the fundraising tournament.

'It's very important because I get to play both sides of the coin, you know, being on active duty and one day going to be a vet," he said. "It's good to see that the disc golf community is supporting two things I love."

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