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thedrifter
03-22-09, 09:06 AM
Iraq Vet Gets Tricked
Out Golf Cart
Minnesota families bound by scars of
war

Created On: Saturday, 21 Mar 2009, 1:10 PM CDT
Maury Glover

INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, Minn. - In his 23 years, Kyle Anderson has already grappled with his share of problems. He was once a state wrestling champion for Simley High School in Inver Grove Heights, but after enlisting in the Marines, Anderson was injured by a roadside bomb in Iraq and doctors feared he would never walk or talk again.

"It's a huge roller coaster, emotionally," Matt Anderson, Kyle's brother, said. "Learning to walk again or use the right side of his body -- it's a nice up and downer."

Even though Kyle can't drive a car, he was given a new set of wheels Friday -- a golf cart customized to look like a Hummer, complete with headlights and lots of heart.

The golf cart was a gift from Tom McDonough and his family, who know first hand about the casualties of war, losing their son Bryan when he was killed by an improvised explosive device two years ago.

"This is a memorial to my son," McDonough said. "In memory of Bryan McDonough and support our troops. It's our way to keep Bryan living. He lives on in the things we do. He's been our inspiration."

The McDonough family paid for the golf cart through donations from their foundation to help other soldiers adjust to life after combat.

"It almost brings you to tears, how giving some people are." Matt Anderson said. "This family, what they've been through, they still give back. We couldn't be more thrilled."

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http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/dpp/news/Hummer_Golf_Cart_Kyle_Anderson_Iraq_Tom_McDonough_ Mar_20_2009

Ellie