DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — Golf courses throughout the region often host charity events throughout the summer, but in Detroit Lakes Friday, golfers had a chance to meet the veterans who benefited from their day on the links.

It was a patriotic start to the Veterans Invitational Golf Classic at the Forest Hills Golf Course, where just over 120 golfers scattered across the course to raise money for the Minnesota Veterans Home in Fergus Falls and the Fargo VA Medical Center.

The golf tournament is in its 18th year and raises close to $10,000 for veterans each summer. In Fargo, the money raised helps pay the cable bill and in Fergus Falls it pays for outings and meals out.

One of the golfers out on the green was a veteran of World War II who fought in the South Pacific in 1944. Ross Mathews, 94, of Moorhead, fought with the 6th Infantry Division in New Guinea and the Phillippines and was out to help fellow veterans.

Throughout the golf course, those playing in the tournament got to meet veterans who stay at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Fergus Falls.

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It was quite an honor for Veterans like Marv Oyos, who served our country in the 1950s.

"It is fantastic — I mean how do you thank them enough?" he said.