A recreational therapy program for disabled veterans will train them to become certified SCUBA divers. The project aims to help these veterans overcome the challenges of being disabled by war by allowing them to experience the camaraderie of diving, as well as the therapeutic benefits of engaging in the sport.
When immersed in water, paralyzed Veterans often report being able to feel areas of their bodies and a reduction of or complete lack of pain. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Veterans state the high-focus nature of SCUBA diving helps relieve anxiety and stress. The Veterans Administration hospital is currently planning to conduct a medical study of the physical and psychological benefit of SCUBA diving on disabled veterans.
The program is open to war veterans who are experiencing PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury, as well as other disabilities.