Retired Army Col. Manuel Lopez has a unique appreciation for the young service men and woman who are returning home from combat wounded.

As a young man, the San Diego native was in the thick of things in the Korean Conflict. On numerous occasions, he could have easily been one of those young Americans injured or worse in the war.

“The only reason I’m here today is because of the grace of God,” Lopez said. “They had every opportunity to blow me away, but they didn’t get it done.”

Now, Lopez and others want to do their part to help those wounded in war. He’s part of a group organizing a golf tournament which will benefit the Wounded Warriors Project. The project, through events, fundraisers and activities, aims to better the life of wounded veterans and their families.

The golf tournament in Alice Saturday will give provide an enjoyable afternoon for a handful of wounded veterans and raise money for the cause.

Immanuel Lutheran Church and the Alice Country Club are having the Wounded Warrior Project golf tournament Saturday, Sept. 19. The tournament format is three-player teams and scramble. The fee per team is $300 or $100 per player. For more information, call (512) 970-1226 or (361) 664-5702.

Entry into the tournament includes a round of golf, golf carts, a barbecue lunch and an evening banquet which includes a silent auction. Among the many items in the action are several big game hunts and cowboy saddles.