Update: Punk Lewis – A Combat Hero Turned Golfer
Update: Ok, so if you are visiting this article for the first time, apparently there has been some controversy stirring. As a golf website, we get approached by individuals all the time about writing articles about their products. We also write pieces on the golf world in general. Sometimes that means we write about inspiring people like Colin Chandler who is a blind golfer. In regards to Punk Lewis, we first met Punk Lewis on twitter and saw him on the Golf Channel. Lewis’ public relations manager, who is no longer representing Lewis, contacted us and asked if we would be willing to write an article. They sent us over the information and we asked a few follow up questions.
We had no reason to believe that any of the information was false. We obviously were not in combat with Punk Lewis and do not have direct contact with the military to confirm or deny any of the information. However, as Editor in Chief of Bunkers Paradise, and having a brother who is a Major in the U.S. Marines, I am doing everything under my power to determine what the facts really are.
I appreciate everyones understanding and patience while we investigate this matter further.
Editor In Chief
Below is the original article if you are interested.
There are things that happen in our lives that change us. It could be getting married, having kids, a close family relative passing away, but for Punk Lewis it happened while serving our country. We all love having our freedom. We love that we can go out any time and go play a round of golf, hang out with buddies or spend time with family. If you are not aware, there are countries where you can not do that. Punk Lewis and thousands of other brave individuals have decided that they wanted to fight for those freedoms. Unfortunately for Punk Lewis and many others it did not end in the best of ways.
Punk Lewis was injured on August 31st, 2009 in Logar Providence in Afghanistan. While conducting combat operations, insurgents launched a complex attack against the squad Lewis was in. During the ambush multiple rocket-propelled grenades (RPG’s) struck the patrol, causing Lewis several injuries. The wounds included Traumatic Brain Injury, dislocated jaw, nerve damage in his right arm, lower and upper spine damage, and short term memory loss. Due to these injuries, the United States Army decided to medically retire Punk Lewis from the service. Lewis was awarded a Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Two Army Commendation Medals, Army Achievement Medal and a Good Conduct Medal.
Now most of us would have given up right there., retired and tried to just cope with life after such a traumatic experience, but not Punk Lewis. He has decided to use his rehabilitation and injuries to create focus and strength to now go after the goal of becoming a professional golfer. Yes you heard me right, a professional golfer. So what gives Punk Lewis is motivation and drive? We had a chance to catch up with Lewis and here is what he had to say.
My service to the United States has been an honor, but it has changed many aspects of my life. Before the service, I was employed in the advertising and marketing profession for 10 years. However, due to my injuries, I can no longer return to that profession.