DELAND, Florida — A military freefall parachuting team has a better reason to conquer Mount Everest than "because it's there."

The 12-member team, assembled by Complete Parachute Solutions of DeLand, will attempt a world record for the highest-elevation tactical military freefall parachute landing. But it's more than a record. It's validation.

"When CPS says we've landed our parachutes at over 20,000 feet, that means we've done it," said Johnny Rogers, the company's vice president.

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Sgt. 1st Class Justin Lowell Goff, a Soldier from U.S. Army Special Operations Command, died during an off-duty, civilian free-fall accident at Ocean Isle, North Carolina. (U.S. Army soldier)

An Army Special Forces noncommisioned officer was killed on Sunday in an "off-duty civilian free-fall accident" in North Carolina, the Army announced on Wednesday.

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One special operations veteran is taking his charity work a lot farther than most — more than 30,000 feet farther.

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