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Veteran discovers new life path after motorcycle crash

Posted at 10:31 AM, Jan 06, 2021
and last updated 2022-01-13 13:05:02-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — People often have several career paths in their lifetime. Some of them happen by choice, but some can be sudden and unplanned.

“I felt like it was harder on my friends and family than me,” said Dan Kaminski.

Dan is a Navy veteran who served six years before a motorcycle crash stopped his military career. But, his humor, spirit and will to survive gave him the courage he needed to navigate this new path.

“I've been at it for 40 years I still wake up in the morning look the wheelchair so if you say a few words you can't say on TV and not go by get in it go about my day,” said Dan. “You can't let it defeat you. If you let it beat you, you lose.”

Dan now spends his time giving back to the community as chapter President and member of Nevada Paralyzed Veterans of America.

The organization delivered holiday cheer to more than 100 veteran’s in the community in need of food, hygiene kits. Clothing and more.

Julie Johnson the executive director says its their way of giving back during a difficult time.

“We were just so thrilled to be able to bring them something to put a smile on their faces,” said Julie.

Even though the crash took Dan’s life and career in a direction he never saw coming, he says he helped him appreciate everything life has to offer.

He hopes his story will help others do the same.

“Take it day by day you're gonna have good days you're gonna have bad days,” Dan said. “If you can help one person, that's one person that it's not sitting at home staring at the wall so you try to do what you can for whoever for whoever you can.”

If you want to learn more about the organization click here: https://nevadapva.org/