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Phil Mickelson is kicking off a new effort that allows people to help military families, a news release from Mickelson and the PGA Tour says.

Under the “Birdies for the Brave” program, people can pledge money to charities based on the number of birdies that Mickelson makes, the news release says.

The money will go toward two charities supported by Mickelson: the Special Operations Warrior Foundation and Homes for Our Troops.

“Charity has always been an important part of the Tour package but I don’t see this as charity. I see it as a salute to all the servicemen and women who have made and are still making such an enormous sacrifice for all of us,” Mickelson said in the news release.

The program is part of the PGA Tour’s long history of supporting servicemembers and their families, said Allison Barber, deputy assistant secretary of Defense for Public Affairs.

“Through Birdies for the Brave the Special Operations Warrior Foundation and Homes for Our Troops, two America Supports You member organizations, will receive greatly needed resources," Barber said in the news release.

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