TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Scott Owens as the ninth Lightning Community Hero of the year during the first period of tonight's game against the Edmonton Oilers. Owens, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to The Abilities Foundation.
Owens is instilled with an extreme sense of patriotism, living by the motto "I served my country; now I want to serve my community." He was upset when he couldn't find civilian work after being severely wounded as an Army infantryman. Owens vowed to prove that he was as capable of working a job as a non-disabled person if given the chance. He is now gainfully employed and shares his stories with employers, encouraging them to hire and allow veterans to contribute to their communities as productive wage-earners and taxpayers.
After returning from two tours in Iraq with multiple wounds and combat stress, it took Owens quite a while to find a job. He is a compelling Warrior Ambassador, advocating on Capitol Hill for veterans jobs and housing with Congressmen and women, along with local politicians. Owens appears in television public service announcements and radio interviews, speaking about veterans and how important they are to society. His outreach spans from Wounded Warriors to nonprofits that help make veteran's homes and facilities handicapped-accessible.