Disabled Veterans Head To The Pool


By Stephanie Smith, KBOI

Boise, Idaho ( KBOI ) A program is making a splash with disabled veterans. It's improving their lives one lap at a time.

Lynn Shelton, a veteran says, "it's ok to be scared."

Lynn is one of 4 veterans learning to swimming with aquability Sunday.

Lynn adds, "I have multiple disabilities, physical and phyciachtric and one of which is being afraid of the water. Karen has taught me to be in the water and not be afraid of it and to use it to make the rest of my disabilities better."

Karen Morrison started the program over 2 years ago after working with a paralympic athlete. Now, it's her passion.

Karen says, "impact injuries are very difficult and really make them sore, hurt their joints, so the water is very forgiving in that way and also a great work out."

Silvestre and John didn't know how to swim at all before meeting Karen.

According to Silvestre Sancha, "Aquability is a really good program for veterans that don't have the ability to exercise."

John says, it's important because it helps us with our disabilities and it helps us get on with our lives.

Lynn was terrified at first, but now she credits aquability with improving her confidence.

"I actually look forward to coming. I dont leave my house, so getting out of my house is kind of a big deal," adds Lynn.

Now, she's even thinking about joining a gym. One day, Lynn hopes the pool will be filled with veterans.

For Lynn "everything I learn, there is a new level of hey, this wasnt so bad! I can do this!

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