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Yahoo! News and ABC News team up with Hanger Clinic to help wounded veteran

New York, N.Y., May 30, 2012 – Yahoo! News and Dr. Richard Besser, ABC News Chief Health and Medical Editor, recently brought wounded U.S. veteran and amputee Kyle Earl to Hanger Clinic in New York City. There, Earl met with Hanger clinician John Rheinstein and Hanger’s Vice President of Upper Extremity Prosthetics Troy Farnsworth to learn about the latest in prosthetic technology. The visit was part of Yahoo! News’ “Remake America”, a weekly video series chronicling the lives of six families as they strive to get back on track to achieve “the American dream”, while allowing viewers to offer ideas and solutions for the issues facing Americans today.
 
Watch the segment with Earl’s visit to Hanger Clinic here: http://news.yahoo.com/episode-9--a-high-tech-hand-for-kyle-.html.
 
About Kyle Earl and his wife Krystal – Kyle and Krystal Earl are a young couple from Michigan who have already survived more traumatic events than most families experience in a lifetime. Kyle, now a wounded veteran after losing his right hand, is facing a new chapter in his life both as a father and in a currently undetermined career. Kyle and Krystal’s oldest child suffers from a rare genetic disorder, which makes it difficult for them to work full time since they must provide her with round-the-clock-care. Follow their story here: http://news.yahoo.com/elections/remake-america/kyle-krystal-family-mt-pleasant-michigan/.
 
About Dr. Richard Besser – Senior Health and Medical Editor for ABC News, appearing regularly on “World News with Diane Sawyer,” “Good Morning America” and “Nightline”, Besser was formerly the Director at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), where he was responsible for all of the CDC's public health emergency preparedness and emergency response activities. Besser has authored and co-authored hundreds of presentations, abstracts, chapters, editorials, and publications. He has received many awards for his work in public health and volunteer service including the Surgeon General's Medallion for his leadership during the H1N1 response. Follow Dr. Besser on Twitter for health news and tips.
 
About “Remake America” –“Remake America,” an original Yahoo! series in collaboration with Trium, aims to spark a national conversation among Yahoo!’s audience of more than 170 million users in the United States around the issues American families face every day. The series will offer the Yahoo! community an opportunity to join the discussion by offering their own solutions and guidance. Comments, personal stories, and anecdotes can all be posted on the “Remake America” conversations page and America will be able to follow these families through social media. During the program, Yahoo! News and ABC News experts will work with the “Remake America” families through specific situations, offering direct advice and tips that will help them break through roadblocks and create life-changing solutions. Learn more here: http://news.yahoo.com/elections/remake-america/.
 
About Hanger: Founded in 1861 by the first amputee of the Civil War, Hanger Clinic, a business unit of Hanger Orthopedic Group, Inc. (NYSE: HGR), owns and operates 26 patient care clinics in New York and 700+ nationwide. The certified clinicians of Hanger provide patients with the latest in orthotic and prosthetic solutions, including microprocessor devices for those with limb loss and neuromuscular technologies for those with paralysis due to stroke, MS and other debilitating conditions. After a six-month celebration of its 150th anniversary, on February 1, 2012 Hanger unveiled a comprehensive new brand identity to position the company for the future. Subject to shareholder approval, the new brand includes renaming the parent company from Hanger Orthopedic Group, Inc. to “Hanger, Inc.”, and referring to the patient care business as “Hanger Clinic” (formerly Hanger Prosthetics and Orthotics). For more information on Hanger and the new brand, visit www.hanger.com.
 
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Jennifer Bittner, Hanger Orthopedic Group
904-249-4210, jbittner@hanger.com

Krisita Burket, Hanger Orthopedic Group
904-249-0314, kburket@hanger.com

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