Jason spent nine years in the US Navy, spending time as an Interior Communications Electrician while at sea, and stateside as a teacher of survival school. After leaving the military in 2008 he became a police officer and had a motorcycle accident that caused his paraplegia.
Victoria was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis when she was eight years old and lives with some limited range of motion. Just completing pharmaceutical school, she is not one to see barriers in her life.
Vincent was diagnosed with MS eight years ago, and now his major source of mobility is his wheelchair. He’ll be diving with his best friend since Kindergarten, a sport they never thought they could enjoy together.
Specialist Matthew has served in the US Army for more than 3 years, serving as a Calvary scout and a dismount team leader. While serving in Afghanistan he stepped on an IED and lost his left leg, the hearing in his left ear and suffered shrapnel damage to his right leg. He’s looking forward to…
Petty Officer Sean had a very successful career in the Navy, spending many of those years in special ops. After leaving the service he suffered a gunshot wound to the chest at point blank range, causing paraplegia. He loves to swim and keeps in shape, a father of three children who strives to be a…
In 2010 Shawn received his motorcycle license and on his first ride he slid off the road, the accident causing paraplegia. He took some scuba in college but never got certified. His wife Nicole is his dive buddy on this new adventure.
Burke spent 10 years serving our country in the US Army, deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom. In 2003 during a night mission to support ground troops by air, the helicopter he was riding in crashed, breaking is back, leg, ankle, hand…I think you get the picture! Burke is blessed to be able to walk but…
Jimmy joins us from Lubbock, TX. A natural athlete growing up in West Texas, Jimmy was 16 when a pole vaulting accident caused his paraplegia. He is now a lab tech assistant at Family Health Care Associates working with Dr. Jane Scott (DPF recipient of 2010).
Jerry started his military career in 1995, and was deployed to Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan as a pilot. Shrapnel from a nearby rocket explosion broke his leg and frayed his sciatic nerve, which continues to affect his ability to walk. Enjoying his water therapy, diving will be a natural fit!
Lance Corporal Daniel was a helicopter mechanic in the Marine Corp when he had a major car accident on base fractured his back, causing paraplegia. He now lives in Kerrville, TX and is gearing up to join the pirates on the 2013 trip.