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Uncle: Onalaska native injured at 'Occupy Oakland' improving


LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) – The Onalaska man injured at an Occupy Wall Street protest in California last month is out of the hospital.

Scott Olsen, 24, is an Iraq war veteran.

He was hit in the head with a projectile during a police raid on Occupy Oakland protestors on October 25.

It is not known who threw the object that hit Olsen – causing him to suffer a severe concussion and skull fracture, according to his uncle.

But Olsen's uncle, George Nygaard, said his nephew was released from the hospital Friday, and the two of them have communicated via email.

Nygaard said Olsen is "still sharp as a whip" and all his cognitive abilities appear to be fine, however the accident has left him with a speaking problem.

Nygaard added, as far as he knows, doctors still expect Olsen to make a full recovery.

But he's been impressed with his nephew's positive outlook on the whole situation and the recovery process.

"I don't think, as far as getting well, anything can hold him back," Nygaard said. "I'm amazed at his positive attitude. Throughout this whole thing, he's expressed no animosity towards the city of Oakland or its police force."

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