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Comrades and Canopies takes local veterans to new heights

Posted at 3:01 PM, May 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-19 18:01:06-04

TAFT, Calif. — The United States Parachute Association estimates that more than 300,000 people skydive in a typical year.

28 Kern County veterans can now be added to that list as the organization, Comrades and Canopies, took local vets to new heights on Saturday at Skydive Taft.

Multiple times a year the organization takes vets, free of charge, on skydiving trips at Skydive Taft. Any and all vets are welcome.

Organizers say skydiving is a way to build comradery and reinvigorate local vets who may be struggling at home.

The oldest veteran to take the jump was a first-time skydiver and Korean War vet who turns 84 this week.

Comrades and Canopies hosts events just like this year-round. You can get involved in the organization through their Facebook page.