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Photos: Wounded vets go skydiving

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Some of our brave wounded soldiers got some much-needed relief this weekend – from thousands of feet in the air.

A team of skydivers took wounded veterans on the ride of a lifetime, jumping from planes over Florida for a good cause.

It was all for Florida Wounded Warrior Weekend, and the stunt was put on by the Wounded Warrior Project. More than 50 wounded vets attended. It was held over Start Skydiving Florida in Zellwood, which is in Orange County. A crowd of people gathered to watch the tandem jumps.

Among those on hand was Joseph William Kittinger II, an 85-year-old retired colonel.  In 1960, he set the record for the longest skydive from a height greater than 19 miles and was the first man to witness the curvature of the Earth -- all before spending 11 months as a POW in a North Vietnamese prison.

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