Paralyzed vet stands during national anthem at Indy 500

Army veteran Dan Rose lost his ability to walk while serving in Afghanistan in 2011 -- but he didn't let that stop him from standing for the national anthem at the Indy 500 in Indianapolis, Indiana, on Sunday.

According to WXIN, Rose was confined to a wheelchair for three years after he sustained serious spinal injuries during combat.

"The doctor saw the damage to the spinal cord and told me that I wasn't going to walk again," Rose told the outlet.

But his grim prognosis changed in 2014, when doctors came across an exoskeleton suit made by Ekso Bionics called "EksoGT" that was able to get him on his feet again.

When Rose stood for the playing of The Star-Spangled Banner at the big event it was an understandably emotional moment for him and for those around him.

"Right after I was injured, I'd go to things and it'd be like, 'please stand for the national anthem,' and I'd think, I wish I could do that," he said. "To do that on a huge occasion like today is awesome."

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