Veteran injured in Iraq helping others through 'Wounded Warrior Project'

SOUTH BEND, IND. -- A veteran who almost lost his life overseas is now working to help other injured soldiers who make it home.

Dan Nevins was serving in Iraq in 2004 when the 18,000 lb. vehicle he was in drove over an IED. The explosion sent Nevins flying out of the vehicle and killed one of his comrades.

"I ultimately lost both legs below the knee," he said. "My femoral artery was cut in half, I lost what seemed like all of my blood bleeding out on the battle field."

Nevins shared his story of survival with a large group at the Mendoza College of Business on the University of Notre Dame's campus Monday night.

He now works for the 'Wounded Warrior Project,' which Nevins said helped save his life once he returned home.

"The thing is, they were always there," Nevins said. "Making me take opportunities to prove I could be the person I was, if not better."

Through the organization, he participated in physical challenges that helped Nevins realize he wasn't defined by his injuries. The 'Wounded Warrior Project' now has 19 programs and 5 pilot programs to help those who are injured in combat.

"We have physical programs like 'Soldier Ride,' where we adapt bicycles, whether it's a recumbent bike, or a hand crank bike, or a modified upright bike to get people back physically active," Nevins said. "Because, one of the things that happens when you get injured is you think, 'Well, I can't do that anymore.'"

Nevins says veterans who were injured in combat on or after Sept. 11, 2001 can register for WWP's alumni program, which has several benefits. People who want to help can participate in or host events to raise money for WWP.

Some Notre Dame MBA students are working with the organization to figure out how to get more millennials involved in the cause.

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