Today I saw a powerful image. One taken of Oscar Olguin that moved me, and I wanted to know more about his story.
Oscar was supposed to enjoy a day off when his life changed forever. He was filling in for another soldier when a suicide bomber crashed his van into the Humvee Oscar was sitting in, and then detonating it.
In addition to losing his right leg, Oscar also suffered shrapnel wounds to his right arm, left leg, and lower back. He also has been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). Miraculously, he was able to walk and even jog again, after a year-and-a-half of physical therapy.
Being the true hero that he is, Oscar decided that after all of this, he still wanted to serve. His counseler suggested he apply for a job with the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and he got a job as a service officer, assisting other veterans by helping them to sort out benefits and file claims.
Says Oscar, “I want to be always serving. I try to make that my life goal – 24/7. Every day I see veterans who inspire me. I do everything in my power to make a positive impact for them. So many warriors didn’t have the chance to come back. I believe I should do something for those who need help because I am thankful to be alive.”
Wounded Warrior Project™ is an organization which provides programs and services to severely injured service members during the time between active duty and transition to civilian life.
Get involved and help to support this initiative by ‘Liking’ the Brawny Towels Facebook page, signing the Wall of Thanks, and $1 will be donated to Wounded Warrior Project™. Brawny towels is so close to its $500,000 donation goal, which runs through December 31, 2012.
What are you waiting for? Thank a hero today!
This post was sponsored by Brawny Towels.