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General Raymond T. Odierno at the WGC- Bridgestone Invitational

Birdies for the Brave was privileged to have General Raymond T. Odierno, Chief of Staff of the United States Army, serve as its special guest on Military Appreciation Day at the World Golf Championships – Bridgestone Invitational on Saturday, August 2, at Firestone Country Club in Akron, OH.

General Odierno helped kick off the day’s festivities by addressing the crowd at the military appreciation ceremony, where he expressed appreciation to all of the service members based in Ohio for their service and sacrifice. During the ceremony, General Odierno swore in 20 Air Force and 20 Army recruits, and assisted in the presentation of a 100% mortgage-free home to a local wounded military member and his family, which was facilitated by Humana and the Military Warriors Support Foundation.

General Odierno also enjoyed an “inside the ropes” experience and was able to visit with his old friend, David Feherty, whose non-profit Troops First Foundation became an official Birdies for the Brave homefront group this year.

To watch General Odierno’s interview on Golf Channel’s Morning Drive, please visit