When I dive I am filled with excitement. My heart begins to race! As I descend I have to clear my ears to relieve the pressure. In all cases pressure isn't normal for the human body. In my case and so many other Wounded Warriors alike pressure had a effect on our wounds in a positive way. The pressure seems to relieve the pain. I don't know if it re-fires the nerves like they were before my injury or if it puts everything back into proper place. Regardless what it does it helps immensely. Once my dive comes to a end and head to the car I am physically exhausted but my pain all most nonexistent. It lasts for almost three hours. As I continue to dive on a regular basis i meet fellow divers and some are fellow Soldiers. Trust is earned and camaraderie builds. A form of support system is built and a emotional hole begins to be filled.
On top of the many benefits diving provides for me I am sleeping longer and better. I suffer from PTSD and sleep is a huge issue for me for many reasons. Nightmares play a big part in the lack of sleep and I can't remember having one since I begin diving. So to sum it up diving helps my pain, builds my self worth, and improves sleeping habits as it relieves stress better than any doctor or medication has. The Heartbeat foundation is saving my life!
Wounded Warrior Hero, Chad Sullivan
Wounded Warrior Family Member
“I know I have said this time and time again, but I just want you to know how much I appreciate everything you have/are doing to help our family. It has been a long rough road for us the past couple of months, and because of you and your resources we will not be displaced. I am so thankful.”
Tom and Carol Clark
“Words could never fully express how deeply we appreciate all you and your organization has done for us. So much love and support expressed in such practical ways every day! Your efforts on our behalf are a tribute to the Godly American spirit that lives in your ‘beating heart’!”
Chas is a member of the Stryker Team, 5th Brigade. He was on a humanitarian mission in Afghanistan when an IED (improvised explosive device) struck his Humvee. The soldiers with him died; Chas lost his left eye.
When Chas arrived at Madigan Army Medical Center at Ft. Lewis, Washington, he was without family. His parents were on a long-term mission trip in a Peru orphanage.
Heartbeat paid for a flight from Peru to Ft. Lewis — family support meant everything to Chas’ recovery. We made all the reservations, but there is more. Our volunteers delivered home-cooked meals to the family daily during their reunion.
Thank you, generous donors and volunteers. We couldn’t have done it without you.