Service

Randal Vandever

Corporal Randal joined the Army in 2005 and retired as a result of his injuries, ambushed and shot in the arm. To this day he suffers from nerve damage and limited use of his right arm and hand, but continues to look for ways to enjoy the outdoors. Randal trained with his cousin, Jesse Cannon,…

Travis Clennon

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.

Gerard Miller

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.

David Lofgren

David was a MP in the US Army and was injured during Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Originally from Utah, he spent time rehabilitating in San Antonio where he was trained at Dive Masters of San Antonio, but now resides with his fiancee in Buffalo, NY.  David has an infectious smile and is part of the class…

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. …

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.

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…

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…

Shawn Monroe

Sergeant Monroe was a Military Police in the Army that was serving in Iraq when he received injury due to mortar fire that injured one leg and required the removal of the other.  Shawn has been joined by his wife Kristi who will be his adaptive buddy.  They finished their certifications in the Caymans in…