9 swim to raise money for fallen soldiers group

Thousands of dollars raised

ISLAMORADA, Fla. - Nine relay swimmers -- including active duty military, retired service members and a military spouse -- swam nearly 48 miles in a 24-hour time period as part of a Veterans Day weekend fundraiser in the Florida Keys.

The Freedom Swim in Florida Bay, just off an Islamorada beach, ended Monday. It raised money for adventure camps for teenage children of fallen soldiers and awareness for Gold Star Teen Adventures, the foundation behind the effort.

So far, about half of a targeted $100,000 has been raised.

GSTA was formed by Kent Solheim, a special operations veteran who was severely wounded in Iraq in 2007. The organization provides healing, mentorship, character development and opportunities to children of special operations service members who lost their lives in the line of duty.

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