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Update: Double amputee to share story of recovery and achievement

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Sgt. 1st Class Dana Bowman Sgt. 1st Class Dana Bowman

UPDATE: TYLER (KYTX) -- Nine months after surviving a mid-air collision that left a fellow soldier dead, Sgt. 1st Class Dana Bowman turned this tragedy into a triumph when he became the first double amputee to re-enlist in the United States Army.

Liberty Hall hosts the Texas Speaker Series that begins with the retired soldier on Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. This show is co-sponsored with the East Texas Council on Independent Living (ETCIL).

Bowman has astounded the nation and the world with his drive, determination, and will to succeed. Bowman was a Special Forces Soldier and a member of the U.S. Army's elite parachute team, the Golden Knights. He lost his legs in an accident during the annual Golden Knights training in Yuma, Arizona.

On Feb. 6, 1994, Bowman and his teammate, Sgt. Jose Aguillon, collided in midair during their team's annual training. Bowman and Aguillon were practicing a maneuver known as the Diamond Track. The maneuver calls for the jumpers to streak away from each other for about a mile and then turn 180 degrees and fly toward each other, crisscrossing in the sky.

Bowman and Aguillon had demonstrated the Diamond Track more than fifty times without a mistake, but this time was different. Rather than crisscrossing, the two skydivers slammed into each other at a combined speed of 300 miles per hour. Aguillon died instantly.

Bowman's legs were severed from his body, one above the knee and one below the knee. Nine months later, he turned this tragedy into a triumph when he became the first double amputee to re-enlist in the United States Army. This achievement is just one example of Bowman's many successes under adverse circumstances, a testament that the words amputee and uselessness are not synonymous.

Bowman has given more than 400 speeches over the last few years and has been featured in magazines such as Sports Illustrated, Reader's Digest, People and many more. He retired from the United States Army in 1996. Dana spends a great deal of his personal time working with other amputees and disabled or physically challenged people.

We are also excited to have a sponsor for this event The East Texas Council for Independent Living. The ETCIL's mission is to help people facing barriers related to their disabilities achieve full participation in their communities with greater independence, self-sufficiency and involvement in the community. For more information on the ETCIL or for any special accommodations or needs for this event please call 903-581-7542.

Tickets are available online for $12 at www.LibertyTyler.com or at the door one hour prior to the show for $15. Veteran and student tickets are $10 with a valid ID. In an earlier press release, the prices listed were slightly higher.

For more information about upcoming events, sponsoring an event or renting Liberty Hall, go to www.LibertyTyler.com, or call Manager Anne Payne at (903) 595-7274.

The mission of Liberty Hall is to create an exciting arts and entertainment experience that will integrate the arts into the downtown's social, economic and community fabric by providing diverse opportunities for entertainment, through film, theater, comedy and music.

Bowman has astounded the nation and the world with his drive, determination, and will to succeed. A retired Sergeant First Class with the U.S. Army, he was a Special Forces Soldier and a member of the U.S. Army's elite parachute team, the Golden Knights. He lost his legs in an accident during the annual Golden Knights training in Yuma, Arizona.

On Feb. 6, 1994, Bowman and his teammate, Sgt. Jose Aguillon, collided in midair during their team's annual training. Bowman and Aguillon were practicing a maneuver known as the Diamond Track. The maneuver calls for the jumpers to streak away from each other for about a mile and then turn 180 degrees and fly toward each other, crisscrossing in the sky. Bowman and Aguillon had demonstrated the Diamond Track more than fifty times without a mistake, but this time was different. Rather than crisscrossing, the two skydivers slammed into each other at a combined speed of 300 miles per hour. Aguillon died instantly.

Bowman's legs were severed from his body, one above the knee and one below the knee. Nine months later, he turned this tragedy into a triumph when he became the first double amputee to re-enlist in the United States Army. This achievement is just one example of Bowman's many successes under adverse circumstances, a testament that the words amputee and uselessness are not synonymous.

Bowman has given more than 400 speeches over the last few years and has been featured in magazines such as Sports Illustrated, Reader's Digest, People and many more. He retired from the United States Army in 1996. Dana spends a great deal of his personal time working with other amputees and disabled or physically challenged people.

Tickets are available online for $18 at www.LibertyTyler.com or at the door one hour prior to the show for $20. Veteran and student tickets are $10 with a valid ID.

For more information about upcoming events, sponsoring an event or renting Liberty Hall, go to www.LibertyTyler.com, or call Manager Anne Payne at (903) 595-7274.

The mission of Liberty Hall is to create an exciting arts and entertainment experience that will integrate the arts into the downtown's social, economic and community fabric by providing diverse opportunities for entertainment, through film, theater, comedy and music.

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