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Local veteran to be featured in national TV ad

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Updated: 11/10/2010 11:27 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A local veteran is sharing his story of survival and help with the rest of the country.

Dan Nevins is one of 10 people who will be featured in a Mutual of Omaha television ad, called "aha moments."

He still wears a reminder of what happened to his good friend six years ago. An IED exploded under his humvee. Nevins lost his friend and couldn't do anything to help. "I pulled my helmet apart in two pieces. I was like well that's not good. My leg was caught in twisted metal. I went into survival mode. I stuck my hand in the wound. With as much as I could, I put pressure on the wound and had my hand almost in to my wrist," said Nevins.

But he lost both legs in the blast. He thought his life was over. That was until he started getting help from the Wounded Warrior Project. Ever since, he's been giving back to the community, helping other soldiers get through injuries and helping them to live with their injuries like he does. He still golfs and even climbed Mount Kilamanjaro. "If I can share my message of whatever life deals you, you can get through it," said Nevins.

Now he'll be sharing his message with the rest of the country.  "I never thought I'd be on TV, but it is a cool way," said Nevins. He's just glad he can still share his message because he's alive. That's why he calls today his alive day, but just wishes it didn't come with such a painful reminder.

Nevins hasn't started taping the TV ad, but it's set to air next year. His "aha moment" was just one of 1,000 originally submitted. Then, people voted on who they thought were the best.    

There is also another Jacksonville man who will be featured in the national ad. Dale Cockley was inspired to help others when a song he played on his guitar was the first music a deaf girl ever heard.
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