The Baltimore Aquarium is responsible for more than just entertaining sweaty, electricity-less families this week; working with the SUDS diving program, it provides an outlet for amputee servicemen and women while working to strengthen their mobility.
SUDS is an organization that works to improve the quality of life of veterans who lost limbs while serving our country. The program sends the injured warriors to scuba dive at the Baltimore Aquarium, connecting them with the institute’s animals, including the giant sea turtle that is missing a flipper.
The program’s website explains their mission:
“Soldiers Undertaking Disabled Scuba (SUDS) at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD, is designed to improve the lives of injured service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. By training the warriors in a challenging and rewarding activity it can help facilitate the rehabilitation process and promote mobility. Offering this venue provides the service member with a sport they can enjoy throughout their life.”