FORCE BLUE’s dive team, made up of members from across the U.S. military and British Royal Marines, returned to Puerto Rico in March 2018 to continue critical coral reef recovery and restoration work that we began last October in the wake hurricanes Irma & Maria. For this second deployment we again joined the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Sea Ventures and the Ocean Conservancy, our newest partner.
This underwater work can be extremely difficult. But, it is precisely the type of work and service at which our veterans excel. “Its like a construction site. Its amazing to see. And, after all that damage … its incredible what these guys are doing,” noted J.P. Booker, Policy Council at Ocean Conservancy. “Clearly, we got the right guys doing it.”
Puerto Rico’s coral reefs are an important part of the ocean ecosystem and their health is critical to rebuilding Puerto Rico’s vibrant tourism industry, providing jobs, and protecting lives and its valuable coastal infrastructure.
Having mission and purpose is invaluable for veterans transitioning into civilian life. FORCE BLUE is a real solution and an effective approach to supporting our veterans so they can continue serving and help preserve our oceans, bays, lakes and rivers.
“It feels good to actually take the training that we had and implement into real world use,” says Geoff Reeves, Team 1 Diver and U.S. Navy Seal. “That was one of the things I loved about the military. We had mission. We had purpose. There was something that we were doing every day and there was reason behind. It feels good.”
Please watch the video below, which captures the positive impact of our work on Puerto Rico’s delicate coral reefs and on the well-being of our veterans. With your support we can continue this critical work.