For Sergeant First Class Aaron Causey, the first request was a strange one: He needed to remove his legs. The Wounded Warrior lost both of his legs above the knee. But the request was not for another round of grueling physical therapy. Instead, Causey was about to experience a very different form of therapy.
“Couldn’t wait. Was excited. Couldn’t wait to get down here and do this,” said Causey.
The ‘this’ Causey is speaking of is skydiving out of a perfectly working airplane.
“It’s always good to stay active, stay busy and do new things. I will do anything once, sometimes twice,” said Causey.
Causey was one of 35 Wounded Warriors who descended on Texas Motor Speedway Friday for a weekend of events hosted by the HALO For Freedom Warrior Foundation. Skydiving was just one of a number of activities Wounded Warriors could participate in.
Causey joined the military 13 years ago, serving two tours in Iraq and another tour in Afghanistan as part of EOD, Explosives Ordinance Disposal. On Sept. 7, 2011, he got a call about a possible IED.
“I went back down to the site and I started looking for the actual IED that was down there, and I found it the hard way,” Causey told Nightcap.
He has spent the last year and a half recovering and healing. Much of that healing comes from events and experiences like jumping out of an airplane with Team Fastrax.
“Really thrilling, but relaxing all at the same time. You come out, the wind hits your face and you just relax and fall and have fun,” said Causey.
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