Photo courtesy of Patriots for Disabled Divers
Veterans gained a new perspective of marine life.
Six individuals visited the Georgia Aquarium on September 13. While there, they dove in the Ocean Voyager exhibit.
The space contains more than 50 species, such as stingrays and manta rays, according to a release from Patriots for Disabled Divers (PFDD). There are also two whale sharks, which can grow as long as 60 feet.
This diving experience was possible through a partnership between PFDD and the aquarium. The two organizations have worked together for seven years.
PFDD and the Military Salute team from Georgia Aquarium guided the veterans, who have spent varying amounts of time in the water. Some were recently certified, while others have been diving for years.
The adventure didn’t just serve as an opportunity for veterans to see wildlife. It also enabled them to interact with others. Socialization can be difficult, due to their injuries.
According to the release, research has indicated that scuba diving can be therapeutic for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and spinal cord-related wounds.
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