There are many different ways to support the troops. Some people choose to donate to their favorite charity, while others complete cross-country journeys to raise money for the cause. Now, South Carolina congressman Joe Wilson' is taking things to new heights – quite literally. The 66-year-old Republican is planning to make a tandem sky dive with members of the All Veterans Parachute Team as part of the Salute Our Troops campaign, USA Today reports.
Wilson is not the first congressmen in recent months to skydive in a show of support for members of the military. In fact, Texas republican Rep. Ralph Hall, who at 90 is the oldest member of Congress, made a similar jump on Memorial Day. Former president George H. W. Bush has also taken the leap. In 2009, West Virginia lawmaker Rep. Nick Rahall did the same.
"I want to do it again," Hall told CBS affiliate KXII when he jumped.
Salute Our Troops has been largely successful at raising money for members of the military in recent years. According to the publication, the organization has raised about $1.5 million this summer, part of approximately $5.67 million it has raised since 2011.