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March 10, 2013

Bowman tapped as EP chamber luncheon speaker

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After Bowman’s re-enlistment, he became the U.S. Parachute Team’s lead speaker and recruiting commander. He has been fortunate to have his speeches touch so many from the physically challenged to the able-bodied. He strives to show physically challenged people can still work and excel in today’s society and military. Bowman emphasizes the words amputee and uselessness are not synonymous.

He has given more than 400 speeches in the last few years and has been featured in magazines such as Sports Illustrated, Reader’s Digest, People and many more. There have also been numerous television programs that focused on Dana and his story. Some of the programs include: “Dateline,” “A Current Affair,” “Real TV,” and “Extra.”

Bowman retired from the United States Army in 1996. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in commercial aviation at the University of North Dakota in May of 2000. He spends a great deal of his personal time working with other amputees and disabled or physically challenged people. Bowman inspires other amputees to walk again. His future plans are to continue to speak to the public and fly helicopters.

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