SUDS / OBT needs your help - Dive with Wounded Warriors

Discussion in 'SUDS - Soldiers Undertaking Disabled Scuba' started by rockwaterx, Feb 25, 2008.

  1. rockwaterx

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    We are bringing 8 wounded warriors from Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC down to Key Largo from 17-24 May. This is an open charter & we need to fill the boats. If you would like to support our injured veterans you can do so by joining us for this event. More info is on our website: SUDS Diving > Welcome to SUDS
    Best,
    John
     
  2. HowardE

    HowardE Tech Instructor

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    John -

    Thanks for sharing this info with ScubaBoard. I know that Michelle and I are planning on attending OBT week in Key Largo, and I hope that other ScubaBoarders can make the trip down to support this very worthy cause.
     
  3. NetDoc

    NetDoc Chairman of the Board

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    I am hoping to be there as well if I can adjust my schedule. This is just so IMPORTANT for us to do. These Vets went to war FOR US. It's the least we can do to enable them to dive!
     
  4. Matteo

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    I am in the process of organizing a group of us from Atlanta to come down for this fantastic event. I should have more details shortly and will post them in the geographically correct forum at that time. In the meantime, if anyone from Atlanta or surrounding areas is reading this and wants to join us, feel free to PM me and I'll fill you in. This is gonna be great!
     
  5. Chatterton

    Chatterton Tech Diver

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    All,

    John Thompson is married to a beautiful Army Officer who happens to be stationed at Walter Reed Army Hospital. He is smart, soft spoken, and honest. As a dive professional and a veteran himself, he looked around the hospital and felt that there was something positive he could do to help some of the seriously wounded vets. By himself, he started to get these recovering soldiers into the water. He had no money, no equipment, no organization, and no name for what he was doing. He simply felt an obligation to help these men and women adjust to their new lives. Since then, he has gone from grass roots to SUDS, Soldiers Undergoing Disability Scuba. They are now working on Operation Bottom Time, to get these guys certified and to generate the money necessary to train more veterans.

    The veterans who are in the SUDS program have been seriously wounded. They probably don't need to learn to scuba dive? But they do need to know that Americans care about them and that we appreciate their sacrifice and their struggle to recover. Their rehabilitation is more about support and less about training. If the dive community can support these determined divers, we will probably get more out of this than the veterans will?

    In my humble opinion, the dive shops, the dive clubs, and the dive industry needs to get behind our veterans, and SUDS, and OBT. John Thompson is a great guy who is trying to do the right thing, and I want to support him and our veterans in every way I can.

    I hope to see you at OTB in Key Largo.

    Cheers

    JC
     
  6. Matteo

    Matteo Barracuda

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    And you will, hopefully many of us.
     
  7. Capt Gary

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    The dives and lodging links are now up on SB's Reservation System. Look for OBT or Operation Bottom Time.

    Let's get behind this project. It's for a very worth cause and the soldiers would love have you come down to support them. Please go there to book your dives and lodging.

    Good Diving/Hunting,
     
  8. sassalin

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    I wish I could make. I am in the military also and it's great that you guys are helping out my fellow soilders and sailors. You guys are doing a great thing. I wish you all the best and have lots of fun.
     
  9. Chatterton

    Chatterton Tech Diver

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    Gary,

    I heard that if everyone comes out to support our veterans, you are going in for a buzz cut. Is this true??


    JC
     
  10. HowardE

    HowardE Tech Instructor

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    I'd pay $50 to see that!
     
  11. ONESPEED

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    I'm in too, but he also has to lose the beard.
     
  12. Capt Gary

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    JC,

    I'm afraid you might have suffered some hearing lose during all those deep dives, I think I said if everyone comes out to support our troops it would create quite the buzz around the tiki hut.

    For the sake of my pony tail you really need to get that hearing thing looked at.

    Good Diving/Hunting,
     
  13. NetDoc

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    That has to be one of the THINNEST ponytails I have ever seen. You sure you would miss it? Whats a half dozen hairs between friends? :D
     
  14. cudachaser

    cudachaser Scuba Instructor

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    I've left 2 phone messages about trying to help you...but no response. I am an HSAI certified instructor

    Call me (321-537-9751) or email

    Joe Bartoszek
    Cocoa Beach Scuba Odyssey


     
  15. HowardE

    HowardE Tech Instructor

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    A Challenge to SB members. SUDS is a great organization (but they may be too polite to ask for $$)

    I was introduced to the good work they do through JC's post on scubaboard earlier this year. Being land locked in Sun Valley Idaho I can't make it down to sunshine Key Largo but I just visited the SUDs DIVING website and made a quick paypal donation. SUDS Diving > Welcome to SUDS


    If you're passionate about Scuba and doing something worthwhile I would encourage you to take just a second and join in their efforts by making a donation. It would be great to see 100 SB community members pony up with a donation for this event and to also show our commitment for the work they do with these deserving soldiers.

    Just a little donation from many goes a long way, ($5- $10- $20- $100 whatever)

    If you make a donation just respond on this post (keep amounts anonymous) and lets see if we can get 100 members to do it!!!

    99 to go
     
  17. NetDoc

    NetDoc Chairman of the Board

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    It's so important ketchumid and I hope that ScubaBoardians take your challenge seriously. :D
     
  18. Chatterton

    Chatterton Tech Diver

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    It would be nice if the govenment could handle this, but they can't. It is up to our community to do something. Unfortunately, SUDS needs support, and money to put these veterans in the water. I would urge everyone to do what they can. If you can come down to the Keys for OTB, please come.

    Cheers

    JC
     
  19. Marvel

    Marvel Just me ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I could not agree more. 98 to go.
     
  20. HowardE

    HowardE Tech Instructor

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    Marvel - I just noticed that you put OBT in your sig line. (I did too) :D
     

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