Mission: Soldiers Undertaking Disabled Scuba (SUDS) at Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) and Ft. Belvoir, VA is designed to help improve the lives of injured veterans returning from Iraq & Afghanistan. By training the warriors in a challenging & rewarding activity it can help facilitate the rehabilitation process & promote mobility. Offering this venue provides the soldier with a sport they can enjoy throughout their life. SUDS is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization & a chapter of the Wounded Warrior / Disabled Sports Project.
Results: SUDS has trained over 200 soldiers to full certification in since 3 years of inception. 202
Target demographics: Soldiers harmed in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom who are going through rehabilitation at Walter Reed Hospital and Bethesda Medical Center
Geographic areas served: Washington DCWalter Reed Hospital, Bethesda Medical Center
Programs: Approximately 140 disabled veterans went through self contained breathing apparatus (scuba) training.
I volunteered with SUDS two different times while I was in GTMO and those were some of the most enjoyable weeks I've ever experienced! The program is extremely well run and is an absolutely amazing opportunity! I hope to have the opportunity to work with this organization again!
I donated a set of SCUBA geat to SUDS and later visited them on location where they were training the wounded warriors. John Thompson, the founder and President, introduced me to the soldier who was wearing the gear that I had donated. The soldier, who had given an arm and leg for our country-literally- thanked me repeatedly for my support of the program. Our dive club supports SUDS with an annual benefit and John comes and brings several of the graduates of the program. It is wonderful to see how much this program benefits them. I have no doubt about the worthiness of this program, and will continue to support it.
I first heard of SUDS in a radio ad while driving home from work and thought "what an outstanding idea!" They take wounded warriors returning from battle and restore some of the mobility they may have lost due to injuries.
It must be very liberating to be unshackled from gravity and learn a skill which will last a lifetime. The physical and emotional benefits must be so uplifting!
Note: They have moved to SUDS Diving, Inc. PO Box 2504
Beaufort, NC 28516
I support SUDS monthly and urge you to do the same. It's a small token of thanks to those who have given so much.