Wounded Warriors take leap of faith

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by Melissa Mahadeo / KVUE News with photojournalist David Gardner

kvue.com

Posted on November 9, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 9 at 8:08 PM

SAN MARCOS -- Twenty Wounded Warriors from Iraq and Afghanistan walked side-by-side Friday morning to take a leap of faith.

Accompanied by a police escort, they arrived at Skydive San Marcos to partake in the the third annual Leap of the Heroes event.

“Some of them have missing legs, missing arms, missing limbs. So they become almost each other’s legs,” Major Mark Sawa with the Travis County Sheriff’s Department said. The Sheriff's department, Skydive San Marcos, and the Wounded Warriors Foundation put together the event for Veteran's Day.

Specialist Guillermo had just four days left in Afghanistan when he was injured.

“As I was running toward the tower to reinforce it, I took a mortar round,” Rose said. “I remember everything. It was just a blur.”

He jumped to show his family that he will be okay.

 “They always push me to keep going, to keep my head up,” he said.
 

For many warriors, they said skydiving is an odd but therapeutic gesture.

“Basically skydiving is freeing yourself, you don’t think about anything else,” Wounded Warrior Tim Horton said. “You forget about your injuries and just have a good time.”

 

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