Posted: Jul 20, 2013 4:24 PM by Keele Smith - KBZK News
A veteran with a unique story stopped in Bozeman today to share his experience with other vets.
"There's a lot of firsts, especially being a double amputee, but I'm just honored to be able to go out there and show people," said Dana Bowman, member of the Golden Knight's Army Parachute Team. "You know, I was given a chance to live and that's what I do each and every day."
Dana Bowman lost both of his legs in a mid-air collision nearly 20 years ago.
But the accident didn't keep him down for long.
Just 9 months after the crash, Bowman became the first double amputee to re-enlist in the United States military.
He now works as a helicopter instructor and motivational speaker, travelling around the country sharing his story.
One local veteran says his message is crystal clear.
"You can pick yourself back up and you can do it again," said Len Albright. "That's inspirational to me, oh man, that guy is awesome."
The accolades aren't enough to slow Bowman down. He is off to Red Lodge, where he'll be jumping out of a plane at the rodeo tomorrow.