Honoring occupational therapists

“We have people here who are limited by their conditions, so I can relate to that feeling of frustration or being frustrated about wanting to do more.”

Marine Corps veteran and occupational therapy master’s student Oyoana Allende didn’t even realize her profession existed in 2005 while she worked as a platoon truck driver stationed in Iraq. But after a suicide bomber attacked her truck at a checkpoint in Fallujah, which left her face, arms and legs severely burned, Allende faced a long recovery. After rehabilitation, which included five surgeries, Allende wanted to serve others and to honor the occupational therapists who changed her life.

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