Oscar Mike and OMFoundation are celebrating one year of success in getting disabled veterans on the move.
Established on Veterans Day 2011, Oscar Mike and OMFoundation were designed to assist injured veterans in achieving their physical rehabilitative goals. Oscar Mike is a military term that means “on the move” and is the mission of the organization.
Founder and President Noah Currier and his staff of disabled veterans all understand firsthand that meeting goals physically will lead to success in all other facets of life. It has proved to be the jump-start for many disabled veterans to becoming productive and active members of society.
Oscar Mike and OMFoundation work in tandem. Oscar Mike, the retail arm of the operation, has set out to provide high-quality active wear and military-themed apparel made 100 percent in the USA. Ten percent of the proceeds are donated to OMFoundation to assist disabled veterans in the quest to get involved in adaptive sports — from travel costs to adaptive equipment.
“I am proud of what we have achieved in one year,” Currier said. “It is inspiring to see the veterans take on these sports with a newfound strength and ability. When individuals gain momentum in their life, the positive change affects everybody.”
In its first year, OMFoundation has sponsored disabled veterans in participating in the following events:
• National Veterans Wheelchair Games (Richmond, Va.) — 100 people signed up to be part of the team and wear the PUSH T-shirt;
• National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic (Aspen, Colo.) — Adaptive winter sports instruction to help disabled veterans hit the ski slopes.
• National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic (San Diego, Calif.), September 2012 — Events included sailing, surfing, kayaking, cycling, rowing, track and field.
• Operation Beachhead (Seagirt, N.J.), June 2012 — Catching the waves; and
• Oscar Mike 1st Skydiving (Racine, Wis.) — This will become an annual event.
Dan Rose, a member of the United States Army, suffered a spinal cord injury from an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Afghanistan last year. He participated in every Oscar Mike-sponsored event in the past year. He believes getting involved in adaptive sports saved his life.
Oscar Mike recently launched a new interactive website. You can shop for Oscar Mike military apparel while supporting the foundation. Also, the team is documenting all the events through video. You can watch these videos at www.oscarmike.org.
From the Nov. 21-27, 2012, issue