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Soldier wounded in Iraq dives into new adventure [Video]

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Matt and Tracy Keil are exploring new adventures after a sniper’s bullet left Matt without the use of his arms and legs.

Keil is an Iraq War Veteran who nearly died in Iraq. His injuries left him a quadraplegic.

With his wife Tracy’s encouragement, Matt is facing his fear of the deep.

“I was nervous because I’m not sure how my regulator is going to work if my mask is going to fill up with water. Am I going to start choking on water?” said Keil.

Tracy is a certified diver. Now, she is hoping this could open up a new world for Matt.

“Always chair, couch, bed, shower, that’s it. So this is a nice opportunity for him to spend a little bit of time out of the chair,” said Tracy.

Matt’s volunteer helpers from Craig Hospital eased him around the shallow end of the pool.

One volunteer said it’s an amazing practice in trust. “Imagine you can’t move anything and somebody puts a regulator in your mouth, a mask on your face, and says ‘all right, we’re going to go underwater now,’ that’s trust.”

“Once I got comfortable it just seemed natural, it seemed fun. I was like, let’s go to the deep end right now! I’m ready, I’m ready for it,” said Keil.

“You’re floating in the water and doing something like this let’s you know even though you’re paralyzed and disabled, you can still go out and scuba dive. You can do anything,” said Keil.

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Unemployed truck driver wins lottery [Video]

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Maryland Lottery officials say an unemployed truck driver from who has been laid off twice since November has won $1.2 million.

47-year-old Bryan Boushell was on his way to recycle aluminum cans to raise gas money when he stopped by a convenience store and spent $3 on what proved to be a fateful investment.

“There was a customer and I was telling him I was the one who sold the ticket,” said Syed Wahid, a convenience store clerk. “And he said, ‘That’s me!’ And I said, ‘Are you serious?'”

Boushell says the first call he made was to his wife, Donna. She says when she realized how much they had won, she began to cry.

“Went out to my truck and got the ticket and checked it and like one of those people you see on game shows — bouncing off the walls,” said Boushell.

Still, Boushell says he’s eager to get back to work. “I want to get back in a truck. I’m more happy in a truck,” he said.

They plan to take the $750,000 cash option and will end up with about $500,000 after taxes.

Read more and watch this story: Local Unemployed Truck Driver Elated After Jackpot Win

“Miracle Man” in coma awakes just as life support is removed [Video]

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He fell into a coma after his heart stopped beating. After four days of floating somewhere between life and death, an Oceanside man is on his way to recovery. Mike Connolly woke up just before he was to be disconnected from life support.

As his family prepared to say goodbye, his son was reading a passage from the Bible when a tear ran down Mike’s cheek.

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Airman serving country now finally U.S. citizen [Video]

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When Regina Trivette moved to America at the age of 14, she thought of the country as the “land of milk and honey.”

She moved from the Philippines with her father and brother to join her mother, who was already here.

“I always wanted to come to America, but never in my mind did I think that I would be an American citizen,” Trivette said.

In fact, Trivette would wait years for that to happen, first following in her husband’s footsteps by joining the Air National Guard.

“After being a military spouse for a while, I’ve decided, you know, I’m tired of you leaving me, I’d like to go and join the fun, and I’ve had fun ever since,” Trivette said.

For three years, Senior Airman Trivette served her country while not being able to claim it as her own. That was the case until Wednesday

Trivette took an oath of U.S. citizenship along with about 245 other people from more than 60 different countries.

“It’s like a rebirth, just totally brand-new day, and it’s a world of opportunities out there for Americans,” she said.

Trivette’s husband, Thomas, and other fellow airmen from the 134th Air Refueling Wing at McGhee Tyson were there to support Trivette.

“She’s obviously cared enough about this country to serve in her nation’s military, so taking this final step of becoming a naturalized citizen is just a huge – a big day for Regina and a big day for us to come support her,” Major Jason Brock said.

Trivette says she’s always felt like an American, so her life won’t change much. However, now she can call it official, and now she can vote.

“I’m just proud to be an American,” she said. “I can actually say that now. I’m proud to be an American, and I’m proud to fight for the country, I really am.”

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