HOPKINSVILLE, Ky., July 22, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A group of wounded veterans geared up, and dove down into a quarry in South Kentucky this week. The Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Alumni Program took the injured veterans on the dive at the Pennyroyal Quarry north of Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Participants swam in water between 80 and 85 degrees under close supervision of dive masters and instructors.
The WWP Alumni Program provides outreach events for injured veterans to help them in the healing process by connecting them with other veterans who are dealing with similar situations. It is one of 20 free programs offered to honor and empower Wounded Warriors.
The injured veterans in attendance, who are all certified divers, went to depths of 25 feet in the quarry Sunday. They were able to dive alongside a sunken school bus, RV, motorcycle, and underwater basketball court.
Rich Holladay, a WWP Alumnus, and co-owner of Waterdogs Scuba led the dive. "Schools of catfish, brim, and bluegill curiously checked out the dive groups while the warriors had a great time enjoying the peace of the underwater world," Holladay said.
Jennifer Perminas is a WWP Alumnus and a certified scuba diver and enjoyed the group-tailored dive. "The scuba trip at the Pennyroyal quarry was wonderful," Perminas said. "The highlight of the trip was discovering Waterdogs Scuba LLC, which was completely helpful and friendly the whole day. I give this experience five stars."
WWP Alumnus Corwin Reed has been on several WWP sponsored dive trips. "Everything went great -- loved it," he said. "The highlight was just being around my fellow injured veterans and people that share the same passion."
"As a WWP Alumnus myself, I believe I can speak for everyone when I say the calm of scuba diving is a great therapy for the mind as well as the body. From this event several warriors signed up for the local dive club and all plan to continue local diving," Holladay said.
About Wounded Warrior Project
The mission of Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. WWP's purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. To get involved and learn more, visit woundedwarriorproject.org.
SOURCE Wounded Warrior Project