Staff Sergeant After four tours of duty, Travis was injured on his last tour, Afghanistan, by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). Considered an incomplete paraplegic, he’s quite mobile with the help of leg braces and thoroughly enjoyed the 2011 “Brac with Friends” tour as a Dive Pirate.
Christina is an active 23-year-old who was born with cerebral palsy. A graduate of the University of Alabama with degrees in Biology and Psychology, she’s now living in Albuquerque pursuing medical school. She is a 2011 Dive Pirate recipient, trained at the New Mexico Scuba Center.
An accomplished athlete, Gina lost her right leg below the knee in an automobile accident at age 25. Her left foot was severed and reattached. Since the accident, Gina has won metals in wheelchair basketball and volleyball, and is currently the coach for the Ignite Volleyball Club and serves as the middle school volleyball…
Randy is an active member of his community, working at the Army Depot and managing a number of rental properties in the Corpus Christi area. He lost his leg to a drunk-driver accident when he was 19, but continues to live a very active life that now includes diving.
Missing most of one arm since birth, she can do more with one hand than most of us can with two. Kim is currently teaching art at the Academy of Choice in Spring Branch ISD and joined the dive pirates for the 2011 “Brac with Friends” trip.
Jane is a family general practitioner in Lubbock, TX. A victim of polio as a small child, she has limited use of her left side, but with the help of braces and crutches she can navigate any dive boat and took to diving on the 2011 trip to Cayman Brac.
Still active in the military, Gerard suffered a gunshot wound to his left arm, and lives with nerve damage from the elbow down. He joined the Dive Pirates as a 2011 recipient.
Major Larry O’Daniel has served in the Navy during the Vietnam War era and more recently as a Military Policeman in the US Army. He was most recently in Iraq until a cancerous tumor required the removal of his leg. This isn’t stopping Larry from motorcycling or diving as he finished his certification in the…
Scott Palomino is a retired Airman that was hit by mortar fire in Iraq that took one of his legs. Scott is still very active and is pursuing his college degree. He took immediately to diving and finished his certification in the Caymans in the Spring of 2005.
Kat was injured as a teenager in a car accident but is leading a great life with her mother in Albuquerque, NM. They trained together and were very excited to be part of the 2010 trip. Kat’s story has been told in a book and a made for TV movie in the 1980’s. Kat loves…