MANALAPAN - Golfers teed off at Battleground Country Club in Monmouth County today to help out a soldier who lost all four limbs on an Iraq battlefield.
Brendan Marrocco, 27, survived devastating injuries in an explosion while serving as an infantryman in Iraq. He recently underwent a double arm transplant. His father told News 12 New Jersey that he is recovering at Walter Reed Medical Center, where his rehabilitation could take three to four years.
The Department of Defense says Marrocco is one of 839 soldiers who became amputee patients after serving in Iraq from the beginning of the war through July of this year.
Event organizer Bill Kurtz thinks the effort is well worth it. "These guys I don't think get enough credit, the men and women serving over there and coming back arms and legs missing," he says.
The money raised from Monday's golf outing will go toward health expenses, and toward repairing Marrocco's home in Staten Island, which was damaged by Sandy.
Members of the rotary club that organized the event say they expect to raise at least $15,000.