Veterans and combat divers join local Marine’s nonprofit to rebuild ocean’s reefs

A nonprofit is giving special ops veterans and combat divers a new mission, and it's being led by a man who grew up in the metro.

"I'm now able to use the skills I learned in the Marine Corps with something that is so positive, it's a weapon of mass construction," said Rudy Reyes.

Some viewers might recognize Rudy Reyes. He starred in the 2008 HBO miniseries "Generation Kill." He's talking about the organization he co-founded called "Force Blue."

It uses elite veterans like himself to dive and rebuild coral reefs around the world. Not only is the organization's work helping the environment, it's helping the veterans it employs.

"Just like we are rebuilding our lives, we're rebuilding the oceans," Reyes said.

The non-profit organization shot a documentary about the project called "Mercy, Love and Grace" that will premiere next week at New York University. Force Blue says it is the only non-profit specifically created to aid former combat divers and Special Operations veterans in their assimilation back to civilian life. If interested in contributing or volunteering, click here.