Injured Veterans to Swim With Whale Sharks

ATLANTA (AP) - A group of injured war veterans are getting a fisheye view of the whale sharks and manta ray at the world's largest aquarium.

Four veterans in rehabilitation at the Atlanta-based Shepherd Center for spinal cord or brain injuries will take part Tuesday morning in the Georgia Aquarium's "Swim with Gentle Giants" program that lets visitors snorkel or scuba dive in its 6.3-million gallon Ocean Voyager exhibit. In the program, visitors get to experience sting rays, hammerhead sharks and giant grouper up close.

The veterans were wounded during service in Iraq and Afghanistan or in training at U.S. military bases. They will be joined by Home Depot co-founder and aquarium philanthropist Bernie Marcus.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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