Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Iraq vet takes his shooting skills to the Paralympics

Josh Olson had his right leg blown off while serving in Iraq but the 15-year military vet has now found another way to serve: as a competitive rifleman for the Paralympic team headed to London. "I can't carry a rucksack through the mountains, but I can still pull a trigger, and I can take what I've learned and pass it along to other soldiers," Olson said. The 32-year-old will be the first active-duty American soldier to make the Paralympic Games, but the U.S. is hoping more will follow. "Using sports is one mechanism to push (injured soldiers) into a new area of excellence," said John Register, an injured vet who runs the U.S. Olympic Committee's Paralympic Military Program.

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