A new organization is taking on two seemingly unrelated issues – PTSD and marine conservation.
Ritterhoff: “The idea is to create this elite unit of former military-trained combat divers retooled and repurposed on a new positive mission to go out and help the planet.”
Jim Ritterhoff is co-founder of Force Blue.
Ritterhoff: “From the veteran side, it’s providing mission therapy for a group of guys who have spent the better part of a decade of their lives deployed in combat zones, and who are having real issues and struggles when they come back.””Force Click To Tweet
Earlier this year the group deployed on its first mission: restoring a coral reef in the Cayman Islands. Seven veterans were taught to transplant pieces of living coral onto dying reefs. Ritterhoff says it was a resounding success.
Ritterhoff: “One of our Navy Seals said ‘You know, the thing I’ve been missing is the sense of doing something larger than myself, and now I have it again because I can see where advocating on behalf of these marine conservation issues. It’s something that I can make an impact on.’”
And as the world continues to warm, Ritterhoff says there will be no shortage of missions for these ex-military divers.
Reporting credit: Rosie Simon/ChavoBart Digital Media.