Monday, September 1 2014 1:31 PM EDT2014-09-01 17:31:17 GMT
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morning.Troopers say the crash occurred on Bookman Rd. about three miles west of Elgin at about 6 a.m. The motorcycleMore >>
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morningMore >>
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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – An IED explosion left a soldier with PTSD along with brain and back injuries. It also cost him his career in the military. Today, he is getting a second chance.
Through the Veterans Benefits Foundation, medically retired Staff Sergeant Cliff Goble is the first disabled veteran to take part in a SCUBA Therapy Program on the East Coast.
He says being underwater is an escape from the pain and stress he suffers from every day.
"You didn't have the weight of walking or sitting or anything. I have really bad back problems and problems with my head, it was nice not to think about anything. You have other stuff to worry about, like checking my gear," he described after taking the first plunge into the dive tank at NU Horizons Dive Shop.
This program is being called "From Battles to Bubbles," and allows veterans with PTSD, traumatic brain injuries, and physical disabilities to be able to learn and be licensed in SCUBA diving.
William Furgione, the Chairman of the Veterans BenefitsFoundation, said he pulls from his own experience in the Marine Corps to help veterans locally.
He began researching the benefits of dive therapy and said it helps his own PTSD, giving him a way to relax and let the stress wash off of him.
Furgione explained that right now, the VBF is the only nonprofit organization offering the free services to veterans. He wants to expand the program.
"Let's say you're a double amputee, and you're a physical guy. You give your legs for your country. You get to wear that Purple Heart every day, but you have to look at other people walking around every day. Its kind of…'wow'. But, when you put a little air in your vest, you're just as mobile as the guy next to you," he explained.
He said the program wouldn't happen without the help from local business giving to the program.
NU Horizons Dive in Myrtle Beach provided the dive tank and equipment, while IKON Financial Group in Charleston funded the project, and the Freedom Boat Club, which will provide a boat for Goble's training in the ocean.
Goble hopes to continue the program and eventually become a certified trainer himself, training other soldiers dealing with similar situations.
While this is the first time a veteran is diving, VBF has been offering other services to veterans for over a year. This includes offering answers about their disability, locating lost records, applying for caregiver support, and helping with home improvements.
More can be found about the organization by visiting their website at www.VAanswers.org or calling 888-940-8387
Sunday, August 31 2014 4:12 PM EDT2014-08-31 20:12:10 GMT
CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Dozens of videos are all over Twitter from parties held at Coastal Carolina University. Many of the posts lead back to a group called I'm Shmacked. It makes videos at universitiesMore >>
Dozens of videos are all over social media from parties held at Coastal Carolina University.More >>
Friday, August 29 2014 12:21 PM EDT2014-08-29 16:21:29 GMT
An Alexander County woman is facing charges after deputies say she molested a four-year-old at a church while services were happening. According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old CarolMore >>
According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old Carol Diane Britto, of Taylorsville, was charged with one count of first degree statutory sex offense and one count of indecent liberties with a child.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 8:58 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:58:33 GMT
You've likely noticed a spike in gas prices across the Midlands. They have jumped almost 15 cents after a steady drop nationwide.Prices are about $3.11 in the area on Labor Day, which, when compared toMore >>
You've likely noticed a spike in gas prices across the Midlands. They have jumped almost 15 cents after a steady drop nationwide.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 8:32 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:32:26 GMT
With a severe thunderstorm moving its way through the Midlands, customers across Richland and Lexington counties currently find themselves without power. South Carolina Electric & Gas is reporting overMore >>
Over 4,000 outages have been reported across the Midlands according to SCE&G.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 7:54 PM EDT2014-09-01 23:54:12 GMT
Whitney Hempsey remembered what doctors told her before she gave birth to her second child years ago. "It's like, 'Hey, are you tired of being pregnant?" Hempsey recalled. "'We can give you this and youMore >>
Mothers come together at Improving Birth Rally in an effort to stop rushed births.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:18:34 GMT
Under a bright Carolina sun, citizens across the state enjoy going out and making a few waves on the lakes. Some like Johnathan Crossland enjoy fishing as a method of recreation and relaxation for a while.More >>
Boaters and law enforcement officials provide safety advice when making waves on the lakes.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 3:55 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:55:16 GMT
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing. Among those heroes are the thousands of troops who brought Hitler's EuropeMore >>
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing.More >>