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Soldier wounded in Iraq dives into new adventure [Video]

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Great story!

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.

Watch this story: Soldier Wounded In Iraq Dives Into New Adventure


Woman makes hundreds of Easter baskets for troops [Video]

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Great story about a great lady!

The assembly line is up and running at Anna Schwass’ Amherst home where she and her friends are busy making more than 1200 Easter baskets for U.S. troops serving overseas.

“They sacrifice a lot and their families sacrifice a lot, and they don’t have the money to send stuff to them, shipments like that. They probably barely have enough to send stuff to the one person that’s out there,” said Schwass, whose brother is an Air Force pilot.

Friends and relatives come to her house at least once a week to help pack everything up.

“Whether people agree or disagree with the war. That’s fine. But we need to support our people over there. These guys and girls give their all, give their best, and they give their lives, so whatever we can do to make their lives a little easier for them we’ll do,” said Elizabeth Reitter.

 Schwass makes and sends the baskets using her own money. Shipping costs around $1200. At Christmas time, Schwass sends trees complete with decorations.

Read more, watch this story and find out how you can help Anna: Amherst Woman Makes Hundreds of Easter Baskets for Troops