Local wounded veteran participates in Soldier Ride, swims with dolphins

MARATHON, Fla. - Dozens of wounded military veterans got some dolphin therapy in the Florida Keys this week when they got to swim with the mammals.

At the Dolphin Research Center, former infantryman, Sergeant Taylor Urruela, swam with the dolphins with fellow amputees. Local to Tampa, Urruela was injured in Iraq in 2006 after his humvee was hit by a roadside bomb. His right leg was later amputated after several surgeries failed to fix the damage.

The dolphin visit was part of Soldier Ride, organized by the nonprofit Wounded Warrior Project. About 50 wounded military veterans and their supporters are participating in the combination bus and bicycle trip through the Florida Keys.

According to the event's website, the special ride aims to encourage wounded veterans to overcome physical, mental and emotion injuries.


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