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South Dakota Veteran Recognized in Sports Illustrated

001_a1w4557In one of our latest commercials advertising the services offered at our 41st Street Rehabilitation Center, we feature an amazing individual, Stephen Bruggeman.  Steve lost his leg during a military training exercise.  The following years were tough for Steve as he learned a new way of life adjusting to a prosthetic leg.  Not one to be deterred, Steve wanted to do more with his life and came to become a patient of ours though Rehabilitation Medical Supply, a service of Children’s Care.  Later, he became an advocate.  At age 47, Steve has not only adjusted to his prosthetic leg, but has other legs to help him in athletic events including running, swimming, biking and kayaking.
Most recently, Steve was in San Diego for the National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic.  While there, Sports Illustrated was on hand to take pictures of these fine folks who have dedicated so much for our country.  We salute these Americans, including Steve, for not only serving in our military, but in being an outstanding example of how to overcome the challenges life can throw at you.  Congratulations Steve for the recognition you and your fellow veterans were given while in San Diego!

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