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Wounded Warriors Helping to Rebuild Florida's Coral Reefs

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By    |   Tuesday, 04 Jul 2017 06:56 PM

A group of veterans is helping rebuild Florida's dying barrier reefs, Fox News reports.

"To be able to come down here and do something that makes a difference, makes a difference in our environment, makes a difference in the state of Florida, it gives me a mission, it gives me a purpose. Even if it's coming down here for a day and doing it, it feels good to do something and accomplish something," said Justin Lansford, who lost a leg when a bomb exploded underneath his armored truck while he was serving in Afghanistan.

He's one of dozens of wounded warriors with the Combat Wounded Veteran Challenge teaming up with the Mote Marine Laboratory to try and save the only tropical reef in the continental U.S.

The Wounded Warrior Project is a military and veterans charity service organization empowering injured veterans and their families.

The group is transporting healthy staghorn coral from an offshore site to the reefs in hopes that a new colony will blossom.

"This mission is extremely critical," said Billy Costello, a veteran who lost a leg when stepping on a land mine in Afghanistan. "Talking about guys that have served, they think of their profession as service. If you leave that profession of service, I think you continue to look for ways you can continue to serve. Especially your own country. This is a way to continue to serve at home by taking care of the problems that exist all around us."

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