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Monell’s reprises Soldier Sunday

co-divers-protraining.JPGMonell’s Restaurant in Franklin, TN, will reprise its highly successful Soldier Sunday program from 11-2. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Underwater Warriors Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides scuba training and certification as part of combined mind, body, spirit healing for severely injured soldiers.

The benefit luncheon is offered on the first Sunday of every month by Monell owner Michael King. The meal features home cooked family-style food. The August event drew patrons from across Middle and Western Tennessee, and soldiers participating in the program were on hand to meet their supporters for this unique program.

Underwater Training is held at Fort Campbell, and family members over age 10 are encouraged to share this training and learning experience with their wounded soldier in the safe environment of a pool. Discover Scuba classes are the first step toward certification in this activity and allows soldiers to “test the water” and the world of scuba before committing to open water dive training and certification.

The Discover Scuba course teaches the fundamentals of scuba including adaptive techniques for overcoming any disability. Underwater Warriors can continue therapy through additional underwater education including specialty certifications and professional accreditation regardless of their disability. IAHD (International Association for Handicapped Divers) certification will be offered in September.

Underwater warriors take a “green” approach to their blue water dives, using techniques that minimize the impact of dives on reefs and marine life.

Underwater Warriors Foundation was recently featured in Scuba magazine. For more information, call Monell’s at 615-790-6998 for more information or directions. No reservations are needed for this event; simply arrive, and be prepared for great food and good conversation.

For more information on Underwater warriors, visit their website at www.underwaterwarriors.org.

Debbie Boen
Debbie Boen
Debbie and her family moved to Clarksville slightly after the tornado of 1999. Debbie founded the group, Clarksville Freethinkers for Peace and Civil Liberties, in 2004. She participated in Gathering to Save Our Democracy, a group dedicated to obtaining free and verifiable elections in Tennessee. She has supported groups including the NAACP, Nashville Peace Coalition, PFLAG, Friends of Dunbar Cave and the Mountain Top Removal Series of Films and speakers. She participated as an artist in the ARTZ gallery group in Clarksville and won Best of Show, First and 2 Second Place awards for four of her sculptures. She won a voter's choice award for a performance at the Roxy Regional Theatre. She is a wife, mother and cancer survivor. She is always amazed at the capabilities of the human spirit, and the wisdom to find humor when there is none.

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