Bush 43 stops by Dallas golf course to support non-profit benefitting vets

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by GEORGE RIBA

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Posted on August 30, 2013 at 9:12 PM

DALLAS - - When a former President calls you over, it's an opportunity you can't refuse.

"He's the old days -- Rangers 1989, he was covering," former President George W. Bush said, calling over WFAA Sports' George Riba.

It was a chance for us to ask the former president about the surgery he had 24 days ago to place a stent in his artery.

"You know it's getting better," Bush said. "Yeah, getting better. Feeling alright."

The former president was at the Dallas National Golf Club offering his support for the Folds of Honor Foundation, which is raising money this weekend for families of servicemen and women who have sacrificed life and limb in service to their country.

The campaign includes golf courses nationwide.

"We have over 5,000 golf courses registered across the United States of America accepting donations on behalf of Folds of Honor," said Major Dan Rooney, the foundation's founder. "It's truly our honor and privilege to be able to pay that forward in the form of scholarships, [for] spouses and kids who have someone either killed or disabled in Iraq and Afghanistan."

Since 2007, the Folds of Honor Foundation has raised more than $17 million and provided assistance to more than 5,500 military families. It’s a program that's trying to make sure that any family who has endured hardship is not left behind.

"The interesting part about our country is there are private sector guys like Dan who have started groups that are aimed to help our vets," President Bush said. "There is a strong out pouring of support for our vets."

Because of his recent surgery, the former president didn't play golf, so hall-of-famer Lee Trevino took his place.

"Well, it’s amazing what you can do in this country if everybody gets together, and that's what we've got to do with this country right now, is we've got to get together," Trevino said. "We've got to figure out what we're going to do and get back to where we used to be."

So on this Labor Day weekend, golfers across the country are asked to add an extra dollar to their greens fees. The Patriot Golf Day campaign is jointly supported by The PGA of America and the United States Golf Association.

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