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Panama City Beach golf tournament to benefit Warrior Beach Retreat

PANAMA CITY BEACH — Golfers will soon tee off in the Panama City Beach area to raise money for combat-wounded veterans.

Set for May 20 at the Nicklaus Golf Course in Bay Point, the second annual Charity Golf Tournament will raise money for October’s Warrior Beach Retreat, an all-expenses-paid vacation for select veterans who suffered combat injuries since 9/11.

The tournament is overseen by INDUS Technologies, an engineering consultant based in San Diego.

In two weeks, golfers will tee off for the 2nd annual Charity Golf Tournament at the Nicklaus Golf Course in Bay Point to benefit the Warrior Beach Retreat.

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Warrior Beach Retreat is “important because a lot of these men and women come home, and they don’t necessarily get a hero’s welcome,” said Eric MacGregor, president and CEO of INDUS. “There’s not a ton of recognition, and a lot of (combat-wounded veterans) go through a lot of challenges, whether it’s physically or mentally, and I just think that we as a country … could probably do a better job of taking care of them.”

Proceeds from the tournament will help fund the Warrior Beach Retreat, one of two weeklong events held each year in Panama City Beach by Warrior Beach Retreat Inc. The previous one was in March.

The Warrior Beach Retreat in March honored wounded veterans with a parade starting in Panama City Beach and ending in Panama City.

Linda Hope, president of the nonprofit, said she founded the organization more than a decade ago after her son, now-retired Army Sgt. Josh Cope, was severely injured by an improvised explosive device blast in Baghdad, Iraq. He lost both of his legs above the knee and wounded his hand from him.

The retreat not only is a way to appreciate those who suffered battle injuries while serving the United States, it also strengthens the marriages of veterans and their spouses, who Hope said are often forgotten heroes.

“Basically, (the retreats are about them) reconnecting as a couple … and they don’t have the financial burden of what (it) would have cost them,” Hope said. “(This fundraiser) just really continues to help fulfill the vision to bring hope and healing to the warriors and their spouses and their caregivers that they so desperately need.”

MacGregor, a partially disabled veteran who served in the Air Force for about six years, noted that he hosted similar golf tournaments for more than five years in California before moving to Panama City Beach in December 2020.

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