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Henderson is honored to present retired Staff Sargent Orlando Gill with the first in a series of Talon wetsuits. Orlando was serving with the Army 2nd Battalion, 17th Field Artillery in Iraq on his second tour when he was wounded by a direct hit from an RPG.  After rehab Orlando attended an event held by Disabled Sports USA, which featured Scuba Diving as an adaptive Sport. Today Orlando is a SCUBA Instructor, teaching Scuba as an adaptive sport to other veterans.

Orlando is the first winner, but there are still many more nominees and selections to come in the upcoming months, so don’t worry if you haven’t heard from us yet, there is still plenty of time!

If you know someone, (including yourself) that you believe is deserving of this recognition, fill out the form in the link in our bio, submit their story, and include a photo or two that you are okay having on our social media outlets. If we elect to post your story and photos, your nominee will be entered into a drawing to win a free Talon suit, valued at $400+.

My husband, Matthew Stegeman, knew what he wanted to be from the time he was 3 years old...he was born to be a soldier. He followed that dream and quickly advanced through the ranks due to his dedication and passion for serving our country. However, after 8 years of service and multiple deployments, my husband was given news which devastated him- the Army was going to medically retire him because he was suffering from severe PTSD as well as a TBI. He instantly felt lost and I watched as my proud, confident husband fell into despair and lost any sense of belonging and purpose. It was truly heartbreaking to witness. Since 2008, I have seen my husband struggle to find something that felt fulfilling in his life because so many activities he tried gave him overwhelming anxiety. But then the SOAR program in Wilmington invited him to get certified as a diver. He was nervous going to that first class, and I honestly worried the whole time he was gone. However, to my surprise Matt came home with an excitement I hadn't seen in him in a decade! He LOVED diving! Since he started classes, he immediately focused on all things dive-related and has been counting pennies to save up for future dives. He has found his new passion and honestly plans to try to go through the Vocational Rehabilitation Program with the VA to become a certified dive instructor. If he were to be selected as the recipient of this wet suit, that would make his ability to dive much more accessible. Thank you for your time and for honoring the military in such a cool way!
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If you would like to nominate a veteran, or other service member, who is a certified diver, to win a free Talon Wetsuit fill out the form in the link in our bio, or visit hendersonusa.com/talon_giveaway

Leonard Small grew up in Akron Ohio and had a lifelong dream of becoming a diver.  Before that dream would become reality over 50 years would pass during which he served in the US Army, finished his PhD in Chemistry, and spent a productive 30 year career as a scientist with the Procter & Gamble Company. As a child in the 1960's, Leonard and his brothers watched Sea Hunt and then practiced Mike Nelson's diving moves in their beds and bathtub, dreaming that one day they too would have a chance to dive.  In the summers, they would walk several miles to the Akron Urban Leagues' Pool to swim.  There he further developed his passion for swimming under water.  In fact, he and his brother would put on demonstrations  for parents and new swimmers by swimming the length of the pool underwater on one breath.  It was not until the fall of 2012 that he was invited to learn to dive in Cozumel with some friends that he completed his PADI Open Water certification.  Since then, Leonard has embraced diving with a passion, completed his PADI Divemaster and Digital Photography Instructor courses, and logged over 600 dives. He also volunteers on the dive crew for the Cincinnati Zoo helping care for endangered manatees and the famous little Hippo, Fiona as well as a volunteer diver at the Newport Aquarium helping care for the animals and provide safety support for the shark shows.  In 2016, Leonard was recognized by the National Association Of Black Scuba Divers as their Diver of the Year. Quite a list of accomplishments in just 6 years of diving.

I am an active dive instructor on Oahu and a veteran of 12 years. I spent over 4 years deployed with TF134 in Iraq, 230 SBDE in Iraq and Kuwait during the draw down, 3rd SFG(A) SOTF-NE in Afghanistan, and TF 310 TFK. I was certified when I was 15 as a result of a swim team fundraiser in Tennessee where we won a lot that contained 2 OW diver certs. We did our pool work and gear fitting at the shop, then our OW dives in a rock quarry called lock Low Minn. After this training I had a bit of a hiatus, several years. I had access to an old school professor and instructor and a pool at UTC and jumped in to work through the kinks before a road trip to the Florida Keys with my significant other, professor grey beard, and a red Chevy truck with no brakes. We arrived, found our campsite and prepared for the dives ahead. My next dive was my first wreck, and penetration, followed by leading the next reef dive, which was a learning experience. Learning to lead a dive I think is the most significant step beyond your initial OW training. Fast forward about a decade I did the previously mentioned things and took some dive trips to awesome places between North Carolina wrecks, and Honduran reefs. I came to Oahu to go pro and go through my IDC. I honestly do not know how many dives I've done so far, and still learning every day. I’ve taught over 250 students in the last 2 years plus tours and experiences.
If you would like to nominate a veteran, or other service member, who is a certified diver, to win a free Talon Wetsuit fill out the form in the link in our bio, or visit hendersonusa.com/talon_giveaway

Larry served 24 years in the Air Force. He is an engineer by education and as such was involved in the development of aircraft and space systems. He went to Vietnam flying up and down the Ho Chi Min trail looking for protecting downed U.S. flyers. For the past 15-years he has led the conservation program, Save Our Leatherbacks Operation. This ongoing program is still working tirelessly to bring this gigantic marine turtle back from the brink of distinction. His latest project is 11th Hour Heroes. The project's goal is to finance individuals or groups that have started their own grass-roots marine conservation programs.
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If you would like to nominate a veteran, or other service member, who is a certified diver, to win a free Talon Wetsuit fill out the form in the link in our bio, or visit hendersonusa.com/talon_giveaway

"It would be difficult to sum up my husband in a short story. I have never met a more selfless, loyal and intelligent human. He never does anything halfway. He is spontaneous and grounded, honest and humble. He has given 100% into being a soldier, a husband, an excellent physician, and his most important role as a father to our 3 children. Never asks for anything for himself and is always readily available for anything we need.
As a soldier, he devoted himself to the betterment of his brothers. Spent countless hours providing medical and emotional support.  While deployed, he served as a flight surgeon, flying 750 plus hours, stretching himself to the max to be sure each soldier and civilian received the most exceptional medical care. He created protocols to ensure the safety of his fellow soldiers that are still used today. All his hard work earned him a Bronze Star and an ARCON w/ V. Both mean a great deal to him and to us.
Although he is not active duty any longer, he has always been supportive of current and former soldiers. Being a soldier will always be an important part of who he is.
We are very proud of his accomplishments as a physician and a soldier.
We would love for him to win this as a Thank you! and to support this hobby he has taken up with our 2 boys. This has become a fun and interesting hobby for the 3 of them. Creating memories and experiences of a lifetime. How great it would be to surprise him with a Talon suit.”
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If you would like to nominate a veteran, or other service member, who is a certified diver, to win a free Talon Wetsuit fill out the form in the link in our bio, or visit hendersonusa.com/talon_giveaway

"My husband served 20 years in the USN with the majority of his time on submarines, completing 28 deployments with 20 of those strategic deterrent patrols. During one of his patrols, he had a traumatic brain injury and suffers from PTSD after the occurrence. During his last duty station, he was sent to Guam for a 3-month deployment but was extended several times to be a total of eight months. He had the opportunity to learn to scuba dive.  This has provided him with great therapy and healing. He feels a sense of calm and peace while he dives. His PTSD makes it difficult to enjoy activities as a family. However, our entire family has become certified scuba divers including our daughter. Scuba diving is an activity that we can enjoy as a family again." Thank you Rose Edmondson for nominating Michael Edmondson!
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If you would like to nominate a veteran, or other service member, who is a certified diver, to win a free Talon Wetsuit fill out the form in the link in our bio, or visit hendersonusa.com/talon_giveaway

"My husband, Michelo LeDoux, is a disabled vet. He served 10 years with the Air Force and 1 year with the Army! Dealing with PTSD, TBI, 6 kids and a working wife! He is the stay at home dad as he is 100% disabled. He keeps the family going! He went and got diver certified and enjoys diving so much. It calms him! He deserves the world. He has lost a lot and continues to keep himself and family going daily." . . . .

If you would like to nominate a veteran, or other service member, who is a certified diver, to win a free Talon Wetsuit fill out the form in the link in our bio, or visit hendersonusa.com/talon_giveaway

”John is my amazing husband of 46 years, and a Vietnam Navy Vet. John served right out of highschool in 1967 through 1971. He was a radar operator on a Navy reconnaissance aircraft EC-121 in Da Nang. John learned to dive while stationed in Florida in 1968. He dove throughout his navy service. Then he met me, a part Yup'ik Eskimo from Bethel Alaska who didn't know how to swim until i was an adult. Throughout the years he wanted to dive and finally fifteen years ago I said maybe.  He had our daughter, Casey, and myself all signed up for open water certification classes before I could say wait a minute. It's been wonderful adventures ever since. He has planned trips for us from Galapagos, Honduras, all over the Caribbean, the South Pacific's Palau and Truk Lagoon. He has gotten all sorts of folks interested in diving as well as our son, Colin, who is now certified. We have been able to enjoy dive adventures together. We are know as the Bethel Alaska Dive Association (BADASS). John also documents our adventures putting together DVDs of videos and still photos he take on our Dive Adventures. We enjoy them when it's sub zero temperatures in Alaska and the days are dark. 2018 was his 50th anniversary of diving. He's deserving to own another Henderson Dive suit as the 3mm Henderson he owns now is wearing out!! Thank you for considering this deserving Vietnam Vet!” . . . .

If you would like to nominate a veteran, or other service member, who is a certified diver, to win a free Talon Wetsuit fill out the form in the link in our bio, or visit hendersonusa.com/talon_giveaway

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As a child I never imagined all the real monsters in the world would be human 👁‍🗨 📷:@johngarzaphoto

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