Vermillion man golfs in TEE Tournament

Vermillion man golfs in TEE Tournament James Grabowski, a 72-year-old visually impaired veteran, golfed the annual Training, Exposure, Experience (TEE) Tournament for Blinded Veterans in Iowa City, IA, hosted by the Iowa City VA Medical Center from Sept. 9-11.

This year marks the 10th anniversary for this event.

The Iowa City Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) organized the TEE Tournament which gives blinded veterans at all levels of sight impairment opportunities for travel, golf, bowling and leisure activities. This event was cosponsored by the Blinded Veterans Association and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Grabowski, an Air Force veteran from Vermillion, was one of the 127 legally blind veterans who participated in three days of activities, including a bowling clinic and Casino Night in addition to the golfing.

"This is my sixth TEE Tournament. It is something we look forward to all year. We have made a lot of new friends since coming here. We continue seeing or communicating with them throughout the year. This event gives us the ability to enjoy ourselves with our peers. It is an event that I hope will continue for many more years," Grabowski said.

An army of volunteers helped make this a total experience for men and women veterans from 27 states, New York to California. The Iowa City VAMC recruited over 240 staff and community volunteers as transportation drivers, golf buddies and food servers. The U.S. Golf Association, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Iowa AMVETS and AMVETS Auxiliary, Iowa Paralyzed Veterans of America, State of Iowa American Legion Foundation, and various other veterans' service organizations also supported the TEE Tournament. Local businesses donated prizes and equipment, including the golf courses, greens fees and prizes.

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