Divers 4 Heroes was founded after a visit to Key West Florida by husband and wife, Bo and Debbie Twillman.
“Debbie and Bo were visiting Key West in 2006 when they saw several veterans and their families negotiating Duval Street in their wheelchairs and on their crutches. Many of them
were missing limbs or otherwise coping with their injuries from war.
Seeing the injured veterans moved them to take action."
"They asked themselves, "What can we do? What skills or talents do we have that would
allow us to give something back to these brave men and women? Was there a program or
an organization where we could volunteer our time and energies?"”
Bo Twillman, a veteran himself, has been diving since 1985. That same year he began serving his county, while going on to become a certified SCUBA instructor in 1993. Debbie soon found herself in love with diving and also became certified in 2006.
Shortly after that Bo was able to take a handicapped SCUBA diving instructor course. He completed the course and decided to look toward his fellow servicemen to apply his “newfound skills.”
Debbie contacted the local VA hospitals to find veterans that they could help with their SCUBA therapy.
“While there are several similar programs already in operation, Bo and Debbie could not find any that were focusing on and serving the veterans returning from war and living in Florida.
That's when they formed the non-profit company "Divers 4 Heroes," an organization dedicated to the rehabilitation of wounded veterans and their families though SCUBA diving as a means of recreational therapy.”
If you look at the Board of Directors you will find many of them are military veterans themselves. Who better to serve on the board of a company that is dedicated to reaching out to our wounded veterans than veterans themselves?
Do you live in Florida and love to dive? I would recommend that you get in touch with Divers 4 Heroes and see if you can help out? Why not give back to those who have given so much for our country!
I have been keeping an eye on this company for the past 3 years as it has continued to grow and expand. I would certainly give them more than a second glance when it comes to getting involved in their programs! They have proven themselves in my mind. They are partnered with the Central Florida Veterans Hospitals and are a community partner with the Wounded Warrior Project.
“SCUBA diving is a proven recreational therapy providing wheelchair-using patients a weightless, chair-free experience that allows them to float effortlessly in water. “
Are you a veteran who might be interested in their diving therapy? Maybe you always dreamed of learning to dive, never got around to it and now feel it is out of reach. It isn’t too late! Get in touch with Divers 4 Heroes. They can also be found at their Facebook page.