Scott Olsen, the 24-year-old Iraq War veteran and Occupy Oakland activist who sustained a fractured skull after being shot in the head with a rubber bullet by Oakland riot police, has regained consciousness but "cannot talk" according to friends and family.
Keith Shannon, Olsen's roommate and fellow Iraq war veteran told reporters:
"He cannot talk right now, and that is because the fracture is right on the speech center of his brain, however, they are expecting he will get that back."
Shannon added that Olsen's "spelling is not near what it used to be and the doctors expect that he will have a full recovery, however, it is going to be a long road ahead for him."
Olsen's family flew in from Wisconsin to be at his bedside as he recovers from his injuries.
Last night, a vigil was held in his honor at Occupy Oakland's original encampment, Oscar Grant Park. Many demonstrators held up signs in support of the injured Iraq war veteran.
It’s a long road to recovery and we continue to send our thoughts and prayers to Scott and his family.