Wounded vets swim with dolphins in Florida Keys

In this Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, U.S. Army Sgt. Wade Mitcheltree is towed by a dolphin at Dolphin Research Center in Marathon, Fla. Mitcheltree, who lost his right forearm and much of his right leg in Afghanistan in 2012, is participating in Soldier Ride, a combination bus and bicycle trip down the Florida Keys Overseas Highway to Key West. The event, that ends Sunday, Jan. 12, is staged by the Wounded Warrior Project to help restore injured soldiers' physical and emotional well-being. (AP Photo/Florida Keys News Bureau, Andy Newman)

In this Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, U.S. Army Sgt. Wade Mitcheltree is towed by a dolphin at Dolphin Research Center in Marathon, Fla. Mitcheltree, who lost his right forearm and much of his right leg in Afghanistan in 2012, is participating in Soldier Ride, a combination bus and bicycle trip down the Florida Keys Overseas Highway to Key West. The event, that ends Sunday, Jan. 12, is staged by the Wounded Warrior Project to help restore injured soldiers' physical and emotional well-being. (AP Photo/Florida Keys News Bureau, Andy Newman)

MARATHON, Fla (AP) — Dozens of wounded military veterans got some dolphin therapy in the Florida Keys this week when they got to swim with the mammals.

At the Dolphin Research Center, retired Army Sgt. 1st Class Robert Rivera held onto a dolphin's dorsal fin and was towed for a Friday. Rivera sustained a spinal injury in Iraq in 2010.

Rivera said he was most excited to see the reactions of his comrades, many who lost limbs in Iraq or Afghanistan or are suffering from injuries that are not visually apparent.

The dolphin visit was part of Soldier Ride, organized by the nonprofit Wounded Warrior Project. About 50 wounded military veterans and their supporters are participating in the combination bus and bicycle trip through the Florida Keys.

Soldier Ride ends Sunday in Key West.

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