Warfighter Scuba is a nonprofit organization that offers scuba diving to Veterans that have been wounded in combat. Warfighter Scuba primarily operates in Roatan, Honduras, offering Veterans a seven-day experience where they become certified scuba divers and participate in swimming, diving, and fishing activities.
Roatan is home to the second-largest barrier reef in the world and is a scuba destination year-round. The program includes round trip airfare, hotel lodging for six nights, food, unlimited scuba dives, and fishing and sailing. Scuba diving allows Veterans to alleviate physical pain. It is known to be a useful psychological outlet for those who have experienced trauma and stress during their service. The trips take place for one week each month from April to November.
Veterans from any North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) member country with post-traumatic stress disorder or physical wounds as a result of their combat are welcome to apply to Warfighter Scuba. The online application only takes a few minutes to fill out. Warfighter Scuba will contact applicants within a day or two. The group may request necessary medical and military documentation.
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Written and edited by Heather Martin and Michaela Yesis, student interns working with VA’s Digital Media Engagement team. Graphics by Dominique Ramirez.