The Wounded Warrior and the Art of Independence
Presented by Staff Sergeant Travis Mills, Sergeant Monte Bernardo, and Corporal Tim Donley
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The 2014 Welcome Ceremony & Keynote Address delivered at the AOTA Annual Conference and Expo in Baltimore, MD by Sergeant Travis Mills, Sergeant Monte Bernardo, and Corporal Tim Donley .
As the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq continue to draw down, after more than a decade of fighting, the stage is set for our wounded veterans to show us all the power of resiliency. The use of occupation based practice has been the foundation for recovery in the lives of our wounded service members. This year’s keynote will tell the story of three wounded warriors and their unique individual experiences with occupational therapy. Staff Sergeant Travis Mills, Sergeant Monte Bernardo, and Corporal Tim Donley each lost multiple limbs and have overcome their injuries in diff erent ways. In a panel discussion, they will talk about their individual fears after they were injured and what their lives have been like since. They will also discuss the unique relationship with their OT and how, as a team, they were able to realize the potential for the rest of their lives.