Veterans with the HERO Child-Rescue Corps program spent Saturday out on the water at Melton Lake Rowing Venue.
(WBIR-Oak Ridge) A group of wounded veterans will enter their last week of training at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) this week.
10News first introduced you to them earlier in August.
For four weeks, 18 men and women are training on ORNL technology to track child porn and catch online predators.
This national program is funded through the National Association to Protect Children (PROTECT), along with the Weiss Center for Child Rescue Technology, based in Knoxville.
These cyber warriors come from all across the nation, but Oak Ridge has become a temporary home.
On Saturday, the Oak Ridge Rowing Association (ORRA) invited members from the Human Exploitation Rescue Operatives (HERO) Child-Rescue Corps program to row at Melton Lake Rowing Venue.
"It's just good to know that there are people out there who really do care and want to get to know us," said Oskar Zepeda, an Army veteran from California and a HERO.
"Rowing is such a great sport. You learn so much about each other... and I know that these guys have had their fair share of teamwork and relying on each other. So we wanted to show them a different way that people rely on each other out on a boat," said Becky Hancock, an ORRA member.
Zepeda knows a lot about teamwork after 10 years in Special Operations and 9 deployments.
While in Afghanistan, he had a man in a headlock when a grenade detonated. Zepeda suffered from foot drop and arm drop.
"I was looking at one of the guys' injuries and was kind of... it was kind of shocking. And it reminded me of what he and what countless others have gone through," Hancock said.
Zepeda found a new battle to fight, through the HERO Child-Rescue Corps program.
"The reality is there are evil people out there that need to get captured and prosecuted for stuff that they shouldn't be doing to innocent children," he said.
The HEROs will start additional training in Washington D.C. in September and then move on to a one year internship.
They will then work for law enforcement agencies as cyber warriors.