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Heroes on the fairway

JOHNSON COUNTY– Fifteen years ago, Eldon Miller of Kalona didn’t find enough opportunities for people like himself to participate in sports competitions.
Miller is a veteran, and he is blind.
An avid downhill skier, Miller had been to Colorado to join in that state’s winter games for veterans, but found nothing similar when he returned home to Iowa.
Miller and another blind veteran approached staff at the Veterans Affairs (V.A.) Medical Center in Iowa City.
“We wanted to find something blind people could do,” Miller said. “We can’t really play basketball very easily.”