Iraq vet hurt in Occupy protests leaves hospital

AP News
Posted: Nov 13, 2011 10:25 PM
Iraq vet hurt in Occupy protests leaves hospital

Friends confirmed Sunday that Scott Olsen, the Iraq War veteran who suffered a serious head injury during a police raid on the Occupy Oakland encampment, has been released from the hospital.

Olsen suffered a skull fracture during tear gas filled clashes between police and demonstrators on Oct. 25.

The 24-year-old Marine Corps veteran had been attending Occupy protests in San Francisco and Oakland after working his day job as a security software engineer.

Dottie Guy of Iraq Veterans Against the War said Sunday Olsen was released last week. He can now read and write, but still has trouble talking, she added.

"Considering what happened to him he's doing well," Guy said. "He does have a brain injury so there will be some kind of rehab and physical therapy needed."

Occupy Wall Street protesters nationwide have rallied around Olsen's plight.

A second Iraq War veteran, 32-year-old Kayvan Sabeghi, was hospitalized earlier this month after Oakland officials said he was hurt during another round of protests.

Highland Hospital spokesman Warren Lyons said Sunday Sabeghi has since been released.