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“Nothing was working out,” Jonathan said.

At times, Christopher still struggles to adjust.

“When we were fighting in the Army there was a clear cut victor and loser in each fight,” Christopher said. “When you’re fighting within yourself, it’s not so clear cut. The lines aren’t really there as to whether you’re winning or losing.”

Now he sees there’s a chance to win in life through golf.

Christopher said he learned the game in the military after his injuries as a way to keep him from turning into a depressed, shut-in. He kept playing through the Wounded Warrior Project, where PGA professionals teach wounded soldiers and veterans.

Jonathan, who played during breaks on various missions, agreed to join his brother and the two convinced their father to also enroll at the academy to make it a threesome.

“It seemed like something that could help us all,” George said.

The three joined the 16-month program, which costs about $8,300 per semester in tuition and books. They spend about 20 hours a week in classes learning everything from how to improve their games to building clubs and managing courses. The Wallace brothers are using the GI Bill to pay for their education while George is paying with retirement savings.

Betz said corporations see the value of hiring veterans, prizing their ability to get things done and their leadership skills.

“That’s desirable for employers,” he said.

The Golf Academy of America is not unique in accepting military or seeing interest from service men and women rise, but spokesman Craig Smith said the schools are aggressive in pursuing veterans and have gained the distinction of “military friendly” from the Military Advanced Education group in Rockville, Md., that tracks educational opportunities for those in the service.

Christopher and Jonathan went through the Army’s Warrior Transition Command, designed to smooth the way for discharged veterans on their way back. The command’s mission, according to its web site, is to aid wounded, ill, and injured personnel and their loved ones “to promote success in the force or civilian life.”

Others who have enrolled in the school have found jobs in the golf industry.

Chad Pfeifer was a corporal in the Army who lost his left leg above the knee serving in Iraq when a truck he was in ran over an explosive device. He spent time rehabbing at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, where he could play and practice for free.

“It was one of the greatest forms of therapy I could go through,” Pfeifer said.

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