Rhode Island Air National Guard Technical Sgt. Steve D’Amico of South Kingstown, Rhode Island, has decided to be the change to help empower disabled athletes. Steve D’Amico attended the University of Connecticut’s Entrepreneurship Boot camp for Veterans with disabilities, where he developed his idea for his business Broken Gear after he himself became injured from an on-duty accident that left him with a severely injured leg and ankle. This unfortunate accident had him retire from the military and pursue a different path.
D’Amico business Broken Gear came to light when he thought about how he was broken and what he could do to overcome and empower disabled veterans or civilian athletes get back into sports. His clothing line Broken Gear will help to support buying equipment and getting vets involved in different activities. For example: if a veteran wanted to ride a bike, didn’t have the funds or the ability, we would sponsor him, get him a bike, get him the Broken Gear jersey and pay for his admission.
Just as D’Amico is using his business to make and build a camaraderie to let others know they are not alone. What are we in turn doing to help our Veterans? By gifting your car donation to the Paralyzed Veterans of America, you will be helping Veterans get back a little of what they have given us.