Shane Bliss

Specialist Shane was field training for deployment when a landslide left him with severe foot, knee and back injuries. While struggling through surgeries and recovery, he honorably served at Arlington National Cemetery, marching in funerals.

Rio Popper

Rio is a ray of sunshine, a very nice young lady who is completely blind due to retinoblastoma.  Her parents love diving, and Rio really took to her “try scuba” with our Northern California Chapter, and is really looking forward to diving.

Travis Sigmon

Corporal While on foot patrol looking for insurgents, a fellow soldier stepped on an IED, and Travis took most of the blast.  Waking up from a coma without his arm, and suffering other injuries from shrapnel, he returned home for recovery. Now he’s on a mission to be a Dive Pirate.

Marlene Krpata

Captain Marlene Krpata Marlene was a leg limb salvage after suffering a mortar attack while serving in Iraq.  In 2011 she decided to amputate her leg below the knee.  Since her amputation she has been back playing softball and running around with her nieces and nephew.  Swimming in the ocean has had a calming effect…

Roger Nelson

Specialist Roger was serving in the US Army as a big crane operator when he was in a car accident on post.  The accident broke his back, causing paraplegia.  A lifelong swimmer, he hasn’t been back in the water since his accident but is looking forward to getting out of his chair and enjoy the…

Randy Gallup

Avionics Technician 1st Class Shortly after Randy married in 2007, he and his wife were in a motorcycle accident.  The crash claimed his wife and left him without a right arm and other multiple injuries.  Driven to move forward with life, he now mentors others with life-changing injuries and is now pursuing his childhood dream,…

Dillon Cannon

Specialist Dillon was guarding a roadside bomb in Iraq when a sniper shot him in the neck, an injury that caused quadriplegia.  Still an active young man, Dillon is looking forward to diving and continue leading a mobile life.  He’ll be training with WWDiving in Humble, TX to prepare for the “Brac for More” trip…

Johnny Clay Fisher, Jr.

Johnny was in a major car accident that claimed his right leg below the knee.  He is training for the 2013 trip, but jump started his training by working with friends and family to sponsor his gear.  A truck driver who believes in living life to his fullest, Johnny is a very active dive pirate!

Aaron Sifuentes

Aaron is an above the knee amputee who lost his leg in a motorcycle accident in 2006.  After snorkeling with is fiance, Aaron’s planning on taking the next step as a Dive Pirate.