Veterans, military families given chance to skydive

Soldiers given opportunity to go skydiving

MIDDLETOWN, OH (FOX19) - A local skydiving team is giving soldiers and their families the opportunity to jump thousands of feet in the air.

The group Wounded Warriors matches an injured veteran or fallen soldier's family member with a professional skydiver to jump at no cost.

It's a jump from 13,000 feet above the ground, a feeling like no other. A moment in honor of John Prazynski's son, Taylor, killed in Iraq in 2005.

For the first time the military dad jumped tandem with skydiver Lonnie Kirk dangling from this bright orange parachute.

"Grief is a constant and this is a good reminder that life is for the living and we have to remember him but I can't live in my grief," said Prazynski.

"Makes me feel like I'm giving something back, people that's been taking care of us over in Iraq and overseas," said Kirk.

Boarding the plane together, this tandem team is not only remembering Taylor but all service men and women who give the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

"I've been hurt in the military and I feel when families come back they need a little support and this is one way we like giving back to them," said Gene Newsom.

Prazynski knew it was an adventure his son would have loved.

"Awesome, it was awesome," he said.

"He did outstanding," said Kirk.

A great experience and memory Prazynski will take with him forever.

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