Sergeant Wilson, U.S. Marine Corps, retired, enlisted in the Marine Corp in 2003. For three months, he served as an ammo tech in a reserve unit. He transferred to active duty and deployed to Iraq as a LAAD gunner in support of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit. In 2009, he was deployed once again to Iraq. During that deployment, Wilson was injured when the building he was standing near obtained indirect fire. Wilson experienced a blast-related head trauma. During another convoy patrol, he sustained a traumatic brain injury when the vehicles ahead of his hit an improvised explosive device and an RKG-3 anti-tank grenade. He medically retired from active duty in 2016. For his service, he has been awarded many awards and ribbons.
Wilson has used the game of golf to deal with military-related issues and to reach struggling veterans. During his first month of retirement, he began working at The Clubs at St. James Plantation in Southport, North Carolina as an assistant golf professional. He is currently working on becoming a PGA professional and is an active member of the Veteran Golfers Association and many other military golf organizations teaching veterans the game of golf. Wilson is also active in fundraisers for military organizations, including the Folds of Honor Foundation.
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