Jim Dennerline (second from right), who graduated from Paola High School in 1969, recently received the Patriot Award from the PGA Southern California Section for his work helping veterans by utilizing golf and meditation techniques through his Vets Whole In One program. Also pictured (from left) are Jim’s sons, Luke and Dash, daughter Daisy, and wife Constance.

LOS ANGELES — When Jim Dennerline graduated from Paola High School in 1969, the Vietnam War was still raging overseas and impacting the lives of countless young Americans being called into service.

Jim qualified for a student deferment because he got a golf scholarship to attend the University of Kansas, but he since has always felt like he let his country down because he didn’t choose to serve.

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