Soldier Scott Schroeder wears two prosthetic legs and a false arm following a devastating roadside bomb attack in Afghanistan – but that hasn’t stopped him enjoying a spot of scuba diving.
The chief warrant officer has had special flippers attached to his legs so that he can explore undersea worlds once again.
He lost his limbs seven months ago when an IED exploded beneath his transport vehicle. The week-long series of dives, in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, is part of a recreational therapy program.
She said: ‘Every time we go on a vacation, one thing he wants to do is go diving, but he won't do it because we're not certified. So now, when we go on vacations, we can certainly go out with him.’The trip to Key West was organised by Task Force Dagger Foundation, a Texas-based charity founded in 2009 that’s dedicated not only to helping soldiers recover from injuries, but providing assistance to their friends and family.
Selfless Schroeder contacted the organisation before he was injured, to offer help to wounded combatants.
He said: ‘I originally thought I was going to be on the giving end. Here I find I'm on the receiving end of the foundation, and I'm blessed that they were there to help me and my family.’
Schroeder emphasises just how important the chance to bond with his family has been. He said: ‘We're in a hospital environment all the time, and to come out here as a family is a great thing. Emotionally, we're recharging and rehabilitating.’
SOURCE: Daily Mail