Disability Awareness Month

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Al Kovach: Local Hero

Al Kovach: Local Hero

Kovach is a former Navy SEAL and an All-American competitive swimmer. He’s a triathlon athlete, and races hand-cycles and racing cars designed especially for him. He’s also a quadriplegic, as a result of an accident suffered more than two decades ago. Yet, he’s not about to feel sorry for himself. Today, he counsels and assists other disabled vets as one of the leaders of the non-profit Paralyzed Veterans of America.

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Linda Bounds: Local Hero

Linda Bounds: Local Hero

Linda Bounds has a lot of heart and grit. After a difficult divorce she decided to pursue her passion: art. For the past several years Bounds has taught art to seniors and people with disabilities through her specialized program, LEAPS and Bounds. She believes anyone can create with a little encouragement, and has helped her students produce some amazing works of art.