U.S. Army SGT Tim Ngo was deployed to Baghdad Iraq in2004 with the 1st Cav 1/9. He was on a foot patrol on August 4th, 2004, when a grenade landed at the feet of a fellow battle buddy. Tim pushed his battle buddy out of the way of the grenade and took the blast from the grenade. A 2nd grenade then landed 2 feet away shattering the left side of Tim’s skull. Tim spent 4 months learning how to do everything all over again including walking, talking, etc. The left side of his skull is now plastic. Tim was awarded a Purple Heart and the Bronze Star with a V device for his service.
In January of 2015, Tim said: “Tee It Up for the Troops saved my life. When I received an invitation to participate in my first Tee It Up for the Troops event, I was going through a tough time in life. Dealing with my team leader’s death had me thinking about suicide. But going to my first Tee It Up for the Troops event gave me hope and saved my life. I have two heroes… my team leader, SSG Prater and Tee It Up for the Troops. You guys saved my life. I cannot say thank you enough.”