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Justin Hendrikson

Corpsman Petty Officer 3rd Class A native of the Pittsburgh area, Justin now lives there and is attending nursing school, a career he wants to pursue after being a Navy Corpsman during Operation Iraqi Freedom.   He has always wanted to dive and Dive Pirates was happy to train him after his injury in Iraq. …

Albert Garcia

Albert is an avid motorcyclist who lost his right arm in an accident several years ago.  When he learned he could dive as an amputee, he was an enthusiastic student.  He still rides on a 3 wheeler and loves the road – and diving.

Bonnie Brawner

Bonnie is a high school chemistry teacher in San Antonio and lost a leg in a car accident. This has not kept her from sports – she is a bronze medal holder in sitting volleyball from the Athens Paralympic games. She is great in the water and out and has a great sense of humor…

Latseen Benson

Sergeant Latseen is a native Alaskan and served in the US Army as a Sergeant until a roadside bomb took most of both legs.  He is still active and is a great swimmer and is a natural in scuba diving.  He and his wife, Jessica, will be along for many more trips.

Alex Nicoll

PFC Alex was a PFC in the USMC and described his job as “kicking in doors”.  He was injured in Fallujah and is missing part of his leg.  He did so well in scuba and liked the island so much, don’t be surprised if he shows up next year as your dive master!

Veronica Padilla

Veronica lost both legs above the knee in a roadside accident near her home in Albuquerque, NM.  She is a nuclear engineering student and has a terrific outlook on life.  She was a part of our 2008 trip to Cayman Brac.

Dawn Halfaker

Captain Dawn was injured by a RPG attack while serving as a Lt in Iraq with the Military Police.  She was promoted to Captain prior to her discharge and is now the owner of a Security consulting firm and a graduate student at George Washington University.  She went with Dive Pirates to the Brac in…

Gregory Ebanks

Gregory is our first student from our scuba destination, Cayman Brac.  Gregory was one of the original dive masters on the Brac and lost a leg in a car accident.  He thought his diving days were over but Dive Pirates came to the rescue in 2008.  Gregory divides his time between Houston, TX and Cayman…

Dan Gade

Major Dan Gade became an Open Water Diver in September 2006 when he trained with his wife, Wendy but had to wait until after a stint in the White House liaising for veterans and the birth of twin boys to take his first trip in 2009.  Major Dan was a Ranger and will be returning…