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Veteran with PTSD credits game for his survival: 'Golf saved my life'

"The game of golf saved my life," said Ojard, a co-founder of the Veterans Golf Association. (Amanda Kinseth/WPDE)

When combat wounded veteran Josh Peyton was recovering, golf made all the difference.

"That was very therapeutic for me," said Josh Peyton. "So, taking those lessons I learned from my recovery, I wanted to share those with other veterans across the country."

So, he started the Veterans Golfers Association.

To date the organization has more than 2,000 members, including Myrtle Beach local Gary Yeatts.

"Folks or veterans that have like experiences, that you've never met, creates a therapeutic atmosphere for a round of golf," said Yeatts, Veterans Golfers Association South Regional Director.

From having his PTSD service dog companion on the course to the companionship between veterans, the experience is life changing for Arron Ojard.

"The game of golf saved my life," said Ojard, a co-founder of the Veterans Golf Association. "I was going down the road to being one of the statistics, to being one of the 22 that commit suicide everyday. I had post traumatic stress, depression, isolation ... the game of golf got me out."

The Veterans Golfers Associtaion is for veterans and their families. If you're interested in joining, visit http://www.vgagolf.org.

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