This morning, retired Army paratrooper and double-amputee Dana Bowman spoke on the convention floor. The AMVETS delegation greeted Bowman with a standing ovation.
Bowman, a life member of AMVETS who lost both of his legs in a skydiving accident as a member of the elite Army Golden Knights, discussed his work as a motivational speaker and wounded warriors' advocate.
Before Bowman's speech, AMVETS voted to approve more than $9,000 to purchase a new parachute for Bowman, featuring the AMVETS logo. Bowman plans to use the new parachute to jump into special events across the country and raise awareness of AMVETS and its programs.
Bowman has delivered more than 400 speeches in the last few years, and appeared in countless television shows and magazines. Most recently, Fox News featured Bowman's Aug. 7 jump at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
Bowman said he is excited about working with AMVETS, an organization to which his family has always been loyal in Ohio.
Bowman will be outside of the Grand Ballroom throughout the day to speak with AMVETS members.
(Photo: Dana Bowman discusses his personal experiences on the floor of the AMVETS National Convention. Photo by Ryan Gallucci.)