Staff Sergeant Jason Morgan, US Air Force (ret.) will present his amazing story for the Wednesday, March 6, 2019 Diving Rebels Scuba Club meeting.  Jason grew up in North Dallas, enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1989 and after intense training, he qualified as a member of an elite special operations unit that provided meteorological and combat support for operations behind enemy lines.  In 1999, with only a few days left of his deployment in South America, Jason volunteered to provide security for a vehicle during a supply run. 

A freak vehicle accident in the Andes Mountains left him paralyzed from the waist down and in a coma for six weeks.  In 2011, Jason and his three sons earned their Scuba open water certification.  His youngest son currently serves in the US Air Force.  In 2012, an infection resulted in the amputation of one of his legs.  In spite of these physical, mental and emotional challenges, Jason still has an incredible thirst to live an adventurous life and never allows himself to be a victim of his circumstance. 

He has participated in the Military Paralympics for Team Air Force in the Warrior Games and competed in several long distance races, even pushing his racing chair 26.2 miles in the Marine Corp Marathon, placing 5th just 6 weeks after his right leg was amputated. He also enjoys water skiing, playing golf, skydiving, scuba diving and also competing in snow skiing in the downhill slalom.  Jason is the recipient of the 2017 Congressional Veterans Commendation Award and the 2018 Veterans of Honor Award.  

He also is the best-selling co author of A Dog Called Hope: The Wounded Warrior and the Dog Who Saved Him.”  His book, which he will have for sale at the meeting, is a winner of two major international awards and is currently published in 7 countries including Russia.  Jason and his current dog Rue have spoken all over the US and the United Kingdom.  He is a national spokesperson for two organizations that pairs service animals with wounded veterans in the US and Scotland and has founded Operation Renewed Strength, a non-profit organization that raises money to benefit disabled veterans.   Please join us for this inspirational presentation by a REAL AMERICAN HERO!!