A paralyzed veteran-owned clothing company will run a special campaign in May to benefit Paralyzed Veterans of America.
Oscar Mike – a military apparel company that makes, designs and prints military themed t-shirts, hoodies and accessories in the United States – will donate $10 of every apparel item sold throughout the month of May to support Paralyzed Veterans of America's critical programs.
“Everyone who knows my story knows that Paralyzed Veterans of America has been a big part of everything I’ve done since my accident,” said Noah Currier, a paralyzed Marine veteran and owner of Oscar Mike. “They were with me in the hospital, through rehab and over the past 10 years. It’s a way for us to give back to Paralyzed Veterans.”
In 2003, just days after returning to Camp Pendleton from a seven-month deployment in Iraq, Currier suffered a C-6 spinal cord injury as a result of a automobile accident. Six years later, with the help of Paralyzed Veterans, Noah discovered adaptive sports – from weightlifting to skiing to handcycling – that helped him regain his confidence and discover the potential he had to continue to live a full, active and meaningful life.
Currier and fellow disabled veterans discussed the idea of creating Oscar Mike – which is military lingo for “on the move” – at the National Veterans Wheelchair Games. The Oscar Mike team includes five other paralyzed veterans, two of whom are on the company’s payroll.
Oscar Mike and its nonprofit Oscar Mike Foundation exclusively support Paralyzed Veterans of America and DAV through donations, with 10 percent of all proceeds from the apparel company going to the foundation, and 100 percent of the foundation’s funds donated.
The May campaign will boost the contributions to Paralyzed Veterans even more – an effort Currier says is designed to recognize the contributions of veterans on and around Memorial Day.
"We are so proud of our member, Noah Currier, for what he has been able to accomplish at Oscar Mike,” said Paralyzed Veterans of America National President Bill Lawson. “We are so honored and blessed that they have chosen to help raise awareness and critical funds for our organization. The month of May is always a significant time for veterans, so please support Paralyzed Veterans of America and Oscar Mike's mission to help veterans with disabilities live fulfilling lives -- one that they have earned and deserve!"
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Brittany Ballenstedt is a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in several publications, including Government Executive, National Journal, Technology Daily and NextGov.com.