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Former Marine amputee turned model helps honor Arizona veterans

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PRESCOTT, Ariz. -

He's an amputee turned male model and will soon be the featured in sculpture at the VA hospital in Prescott.

His story is an inspiration for many and that sculpture will be part of a brand new sports park for veterans.

Meet Alex Minsky.  His photos are getting a lot of attention and for good reason.

"I never expected any of this," he said.

An IED in Afghanistan put him in the hospital back in 2008.  He was in a coma for 47 days and lost part of his right leg.  After leaving the Marines, he battled with alcohol and even lost his brother.

"I was not living the healthiest life ever.. by no means was I living a good life until something intervened," he said.

Working out became his escape and one day a photographer approached him at the gym.

"He asked if I had ever modeled or if I was a model.  I was like confused, so I said no."

But Minsky soon gave in and a new career was born.

"Very amazed. Very thankful. Very grateful. Humbled. Shoot."

He was in Prescott Thursday to be the subject for a soon-to-be complete sculpture.

"I wanted a real person with a real story, so that everything will absolutely authentic," said sculptor Ross Morgan.

Morgan also did the sculpture at the Iraq/Afghanistan memorial in front of the Arizona Capitol.  All he needed to complete this sculpture was a model and this past weekend, he heard Alex's story.

"When I heard that, I just knew he was the perfect guy."

The complex will feature a wheelchair ready sports court.

"We said let's have a project where we can bring these folks together in a sports environment and challenge them where they can have comradery with other veterans on their terms," said Bob Wallace who helped build the sports facility.

Even with the short notice, Minsky agreed to be flown out Thursday morning.

"I looked the part and they said it was for veterans. It was a bunch of Marines, not Army people or anything like that.  It was Marines, so I said yes."

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