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Paralyzed Wisconsin veteran uses bionic suit to walk

 ONALASKA, Wis. (WXOW) - A Wisconsin veteran paralyzed from the chest down is able to walk again, thanks to a bionic suit.

It's called an Ekso Suit, it uses sensors to activate each step.  Sergeant Dan Rose was paralyzed when he was hit by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan three years ago.

He now spends one hour, five days a week walking with the help of the suit which was donated to him in November through a program called Soldier Socks.

He is just the second veteran to have one of these suits. Dan is part of a program doing research on how the suit will benefit veterans.

He said, "The psychological impact is one of the immeasurable benefits, just being able to stand up again...definitely helped my confidence out and helped me out everyday."

A portion of the money raised from Monday's Multistack Charity Golf Outing will go toward Solider Socks, as well as the Wounded Warrior Project, and Oscar Mike, a program for disabled veterans. 

The man who helped save Dan in Afghanistan was at Monday's Golf Outing as well. Kevin Huber was in the first recovery vehicle to reach the scene. 

Monday at the outing was the first day Kevin and Dan have seen each other since that day.  Kevin said, "It's huge for all the vets, it's good to see Dan's pushing through for all the wounded warriors...that he can walk and not be in a wheelchair."

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