Dana Bowman Skydives in to Speak for Veterans Day Ceremony at Tongue River High

All eyes were facing skyward Tuesday afternoon as U.S. Army Sergeant 1st Class Retired Dana Bowman, the founder and president of the HALO for Freedom Warriors Foundation, brought the Nation's colors into a Veterans Day Assembly at Tongue River High School in a way only he can. Bowman lost both of his legs, one below the knee and one above, when he and his U.S. Army’s elite parachute team, the Golden Knights, teammate collided in midair while doing their annual training. Unfortunately his teammate died instantly. Only 9 months later he became the first double amputee to re-enlist in the United States Army. Bowman now works with his foundation and speaks at many events around the country. His unique way of bringing in the American flag has been seen each night of the WYO Rodeo for the last two years and again today for the students in the Tongue River schools. He skydives into the arena, or in this case football field, with old glory in tow. After he arrived on the field he made his way to the auditorium to speak.

The HALO for Freedom Warrior Foundation was started to show that physically challenged people can still work and excel in today's society and military. The foundation emphasizes that "amputee" and "useless" are not synonymous. The organization provides support for wounded warriors as they face the many challenges they encounter during the rehabilitation, reintegration, and healing process. Kent Sherwood, the President of the Sheridan HALO chapter, explains how this event came to be.

Bowman will surely be back again at the WYO Rodeo next year to add a few more to his more than 4,000 jumps.

Streamers to determine wind direction.
Students gather flag after the jump