Helping injured Veterans stay “On The Move”
Since November 11, 2011 Oscar Mike (military jargon for “on the move”) has help injured veterans find a purpose through adaptive sports and activities. Founded in the garage of Noah Currier on 11/11/11 – Oscar Mike LLC started out as an apparel company while they awaited approval for the Non-Profit entity. Their mission was raising funds to help ALL injured, ill and wounded Veterans, find their purpose through the guidance and support of The Oscar Mike Organization.
Founder Noah Currier served his country as a Marine and was the first wave of US troops to enter Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. After a successful tour of duty, he returned to Southern California to a hero’s welcome. On his way back to the Marine base in June of 2003, three days after returning from deployment, his driver fell asleep at the wheel resulting in a tragic accident that left Noah paralyzed from the neck down. After nearly a year of rehabilitation Noah returned to his hometown of Poplar Grove, Illinois.
For seven years Noah went through significant life changes resulting in the use of drugs and alcohol that caused him to become severely depressed. He spent many evenings with a gun barrel in his mouth contemplating suicide. It wasn’t until a friend offered to take him adaptive skiing that Noah found his purpose in life.
Sitting atop one of the tallest mountains in Colorado, Noah looked down the mountain thinking that he had hit rock bottom but was ready to face the challenge. The adrenaline rush, fear and discomfort were things he had been used to experiencing regularly prior to his accident. He faced the challenge and realized that he was only one of thousands of veterans that needed to find their purpose since returning from service. It was Noah’s goal to shorten the time from injury/recovery to finding a purpose.
Since starting Oscar Mike, Noah has assembled a team of veteran volunteers and staff that help fund and facilitate activities for injured veterans. In April of 2013 The Oscar Mike Foundation finally received approval as a 501(c)(3) Public Non-profit, with all proceeds going to adaptive sports programs and rehabilitative activities. After more than two years of trying to acquire a specific property, The OM Foundation established the Oscar Mike Compound in September of 2016. This 9,000 square foot facility is the base of operations for weekly Veteran initiatives. The OM Foundation also hosts and sponsors participation in adaptive sports activities including wheelchair rugby, Spartan races, road races as well as helping to offset the travel and lodging costs for participation in Nation Programs, such as the National Veterans Wheelchair games, National Disabled Veterans Summer Sports Clinic and National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic. To date, The Oscar Mike foundation has helped over 1,000 Veterans to participate in adaptive programs throughout the world. In Total, The Oscar Mike Foundation offers over 20 adaptive sports options to align with any and all wounded, ill or injured Veteran interests.
Giving back to those who sacrifice for our nation and encouraging others to do the same has become the mission of everyone at Oscar Mike. Together we help keep injured Veterans “On The Move!”
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THE OSCAR MIKE COMPOUND
The Oscar Mike Compound is a 9,000 sq. ft. facility located on a 210-acre lake just east of Rockford, IL. It is a fully accessible home with 17 beds, an adaptive weight-training room, and outdoor sports court. The Compound serves as our home base for the ONLY all-Veteran wheelchair rugby team – the Oscar Mike Militia. It is also the location for our weekly programming. Each week, from March through October, the Oscar Mike Compound plays host to numerous injured Veterans as they participate in no less than 9 rigorous, heart pumping activities, adapted to their capabilities.
The sole purpose of the programming week is to show them there are no limits to what they can do!
THE WEEKLY PROGRAM INCLUDES:
Basic Nutrition and Meal Planning with grocery shopping to start off the week
Adaptive Workouts in the weight training room each night
Flight Lessons in a Cessna with guidance from the instructors
UTV Driving in a Polaris RZR 1000 off-road vehicle adapted with hand-controls
Firearm Shooting using custom rifles on a known distance range
Kayaking, Paddling Boarding and Fishing from the 260 ft of lakefront access
Equestrian Therapy at BraveHearts Therapeutic Riding
Skydiving out of a perfectly good airplane at Skydive Midwest or iFly Chicago for inclement weather conditions
Adaptive Triathlon to include a swim/kayak, cycle or hand cycle, and run/push. Distances are determined by athlete abilities
On the last evening of the program there is a “thanksgiving” family meal with the Oscar Mike staff where stories of the week are shared, and strong bonds forged. The ultimate outcome of the week is to equip each athlete with the knowledge and motivation to remain Oscar Mike in all aspects of their lives!
We know how expensive attending adaptive sporting events can become.
We want to be the bridge that provides financial support that allows you to participate.