In 1982, Chris Devlin-Young was part of a Coast Guard aircrew headed out on a mission to Alaska’s Aleutian Islands. His plane crashed, two crewmembers were killed and Devlin-Young was mostly paralyzed from the waist down because of injuries he suffered while he tried to save his friends from the wreckage.
Now, 30 years later, he’s a gold medal winner several times over in the Paralympic winter sport of mono-skiing, and he spends much of his time counseling and supporting a new generation of wounded warriors. He shares that story in this edition of On DoD.
Devlin-Young also discusses how the government’s support for disabled veterans has changed over the last few decades.