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Helicopters flying
at golf tourney


By Monroe Roark
Times Correspondent

  If you want to get an aerial view of Henry County and support a couple of worthy causes, a great chance to do that is coming up May 30.

  The Army Aviation Heritage Foundation will be bringing some of its retired Huey helicopters to Eagle’s Brooke Country Club that day in conjunction with a golf tournament to benefit Georgia’s Wounded Heroes. Each ride costs $60 with 30 percent going to GWH.

  There will be other activities at the golf tournament, which sold out last year and is expected to do so this year, according to GWH founder Brian Brakefield.

  “This year should be bigger than last year, and last year was completely awesome,” he said. “There is going to be a ton of stuff going on.”

  The helicopters will start flying at 9 a.m. and continue throughout the day as late as necessary.

  “As long as people keep coming, they’ll keep flying,” said Brakefield, who has also had the aviators participate in other joint events such as the GWH half-marathon in Hampton in the fall.

Founded in 2012, Georgia’s Wounded Heroes is a nonprofit organization operated by military and police veterans. Its mission is to “serve those who have served us.”

  Services are provided for police officers, soldiers and firefighters who reside in the state of Georgia and were injured in the line of duty. Assistance options range from general fund-raising to home modification, financial assistance, limited medical assistance, and service dog placement.

  All donations received by the organization stay within the state of Georgia.

  As the group continues to grow, Brakefield plans to do other events across the state, including more in south Georgia later this year.

  The organization’s official web site is, and a great deal of information can also be found on its Facebook page.

  The golf tournament will have a 10:30 a.m. shotgun start May 30, and the cost is $100 per individual or $400 per team. Eagle’s Brooke Country Club is at 300 Lester Mill Road in Locust Grove.

  To register or for more information about the tournament, contact or



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