On October 25, Scott Olsen, a 24-year-old Marine Corps veteran, went to the Occupy Oakland protests as part of his anti-war activism. He ended up in the hospital with a skull fracture after being hit by a tear gas or smoke canister thrown by police.
Olsen, who served two tours in Iraq, was released from the hospital on Sunday and posted a note on Google+ updating people on his recovery.
“I’m feeling a lot better, with a long road in front of me. After my freedom of speech was quite literally taken from me, my speech is coming back but I’ve got a lot of work to do with rehab. Thank you for all your support, it has meant the world to me. You’ll be hearing more from me in the near future and soon enough we’ll see you in our streets!” he wrote.
Olsen became a rallying point for protesters in the Occupy movement. Less than 24 hours after he put up his post, hundreds have written messages of support and requests for him to appear at other protests functions. One woman wrote in from Wisconsin asking Walker, a native of the state, to come home for the holidays and inspire Wisconsinites during the recall vote for Gov. Scott Walker.
Here’s footage of Scott Olsen’s injury from October: