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Wounded warriors skydive in San Marcos

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On Friday 20 wounded warriors took the opportunity to participate in a sky dive in San Marcos.

For Matthew Elorza jumping out of an airplane is something he never thought he would be able to do after being injured while deployed abroad.

"When I got out of the hospital I thought I'd never be able to walk again," Elorza said.

However, thanks to Skydive San Marcos, a dream became a reality.

"At first it's that ‘Ahhh I can't really believe I just jumped out of an airplane' but then after that it was awesome, I got that rush," Elorza said.

It is that same feeling that drew Tim Horton back to the Leap of the Heroes Event. He jumped last year this time he is helping those taking a leap for the first time.

"Skydiving is freeing yourself, you don't think about anything else, and just up there in the sky, it's beautiful up there and you forget about your injuries and have a good time," Horton said.

Horton lost the lower part of his left leg in 2005 after being hit by an IED. Fifty surgeries later he just considers himself blessed to be able to help others.

"You think you are invincible to losing limbs and becoming dependent on everyone else for quite some time so it's a very humbling experience I would say.

Avid skydiver Mark Sawa knew this was the perfect event for the Wounded Warrior Project. It is the third time he has organized the jumps.

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