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Organization keeps disabled veterans active

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On Veterans day, we should all take a moment to thank the men and women who made personal sacrifices to protect our country.

One man who now dedicates his time to helping veterans regain mobility after a traumatic injury.

Noah Currier has spent the last nine years in a wheelchair. After serving our country in Iraq, the marine's life was changed forever.

"I was actually hurt three days after I got home and a marine fell asleep at the wheel driving onto our base and rolled us down a hill," said Currier.

He was paralyzed from the chest down.

Currier says he, like many veterans who become disabled, go through a long period of depression trying to adjust to their new lives.  "I hate to see when guys go through a bad injury and basically waste years of their lives trying to figure things out or being depressed."

To pay for additional treatment, he and a friend began designing T-shirts.  

"It was a successful fundraiser and it sent us to 6 more months of physical therapy," said Currier.  

That's when they came up with the idea for Oscar Mike. "Our mission is to inspire movement and that's why we picked the name Oscar Mike. That's radio jargon for on the move."

To help get disabled vets active again, the organization accepts donations and uses 10 percent of its proceeds to send them on extreme sporting trips.

Currier said, "I had never played rugby before and now I play quad rugby, I had never gone skydiving and now I have gone skydiving."

He says it is important for disabled veterans to have peers to share their experiences with. "When you have a group of guys that are in your almost exact position or similar to your and harder position and they say 'hey you wanna go skydiving or go skiing and here's how you do it, you know there is no funk after that. you realize right away that you can do all these things and you have peers to do it with you."

Today is also the organization's one year anniversary.

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