Each year US military veterans who have endured life altering injuries while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces are medically cleared to take part in the Wounded Warriors program on Bonaire. This year eight veterans and their partners will spend one week on Bonaire receiving their scuba diving certifications, enjoying the therapeutic waters of Bonaire as well as taking part in the variety of dining options and activities Bonaire has to offer.
The Wounded Warriors program was founded with the idea “to provide therapy through diving”. More than a vacation, the dive training and diving are valuable therapy for veterans who have a variety of injuries ranging from paralysis to amputations sustained while serving in the US Armed Forces. Along with the physical injuries and lengthy rehabilitation, many veterans and their loved ones face the emotional stress and trauma of return from service, living with a disability and the strain of rehabilitation.
Wounded Warriors Bonaire gives veterans and their significant others a much needed emotional and physical space together with other veterans in similar situations. Captain Don’s Habitat is proud to offer all lodging and all diving for the entire group for the week as it has done since the program began in 2006.
All aspects of this trip including organization, meals, activities and entertainment are made possible with generous donations from around the island and abroad.
This year’s sponsors are: 9Line LLC, Adams Unlimited Public Relations & Marketing, Blue Water Divers, Bonaire Animal Shelter, Bonaire KFC, BonPhoto, BonaireTalk.com, Bonaire Quad Tours, Bonaire Tours & Vacations, Budget Rent A Car Bonaire, Cadushy, Captain Don’s Habitat, Captain Don Steward & Janet Thibaut, Caradonna Dive Adventures, Inc., CIEE Bonaire, Destinations Weddings & Honeymoons Magazine, Disabled Sports USA, Diver’s Diner Bar & Grill, DEMA/Be a Diver, DiveNewswire, Dive Training Magazine, Dr. Jeffrey Osburn, Elements Bonaire, Father Edward J. Giorgio, VA Post 689, Henderson, H.S.A. International Training Center of New Jersey, Islands Magazine, Iron Order Motorcycle Club Bonaire (Caribbean Pirates Crew), James Howard Creative Group, Jewel of Bonaire, Kevin & Sharon Pursley, LeisurePro, Marlboro High School, MIVABO, OCEANIC, Omnicom Media Group, Patriots For Disabled Divers, Princeton Tec, Rum Runners Bonaire, Scuba Diving Magazine, Sea & Sea, Sport Diver Magazine, STINAPA, Task Force Dagger Foundation, Taxi Association Bonaire, Tourism Corporation Bonaire, Wounded Warrior Project.
Financial and in kind contributions for this year’s trip, August 15-22, 2015 are welcome. To inquire about making a donation or becoming a corporate sponsor, please email email@example.com or call Marie Rosa, 212.956.5910.