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'It was insane': Kerry Sanders sky-dives live for Hiring our Heroes

Aug. 13, 2014 at 8:26 AM ET

Kerry Sanders took the plunge! 

The NBC News correspondent jumped out of a plane this morning with the U.S. Army’s parachute team, the Golden Knights. (Rest assured, this isn't even close to the craziest stunt he's pulled.)

"It was insane," Kerry said once he landed safely on the ground. Kerry then thanked Sgt. 1st Class Noah Watts, the active duty U.S. Army member who was his tandem partner.

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Legs up! Kerry Sanders prepares to land.
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Kerry Sanders looks relieved after completing his Hiring our Heroes parachute jump.

Why did Kerry jump? NBC News and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation have partnered for Hiring our Heroes, an effort to help veterans and their military spouses find jobs.

And what showcases workplace ability more than jumping out of a plane? It requires coordinating across a team, completing a task quickly and under stress and learning highly technical skills. 

Kerry jumped near a job fair at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Hiring our Heroes has also set up a free virtual one for troops and their spouses. Learn about NBC News and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Next Steps for Vets initiative.

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Kerry Sanders and cameraman Dwaine Scott head up into the airplane before their big jump.
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Here's the plane that Kerry Sanders will jump out of with the U.S. Army’s parachute team, the Golden Knights.
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Thumbs up! Kerry Sanders says his flight suit feels great as he prepares for his big jump.

Kerry's thumbs up may have just been for our viewers. TODAY producer Scott Foster heard the real truth: 

This updated story was originally published Aug. 12 at 7:30 a.m. ET.

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