Wounded vet works as U.S. Open ballperson

Ryan McIntosh, an Army specialist who lost his leg when he stepped on a land mine in Afghanistan

two years ago, is spending the end of his summer working for

$7.75 an hour at Flushing Meadows. His goal: Trying to be helpful and

invisible at the same time, an inspiration to people like himself but

not a distraction to those he's working for.

Ryan McIntosh, right, takes the extra balls from Albert Montanes of Spain while working a match in the second round of play at the 2012 US Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Ryan McIntosh
Ryan McIntosh, right, takes the extra balls from Albert Montanes of Spain while working a match in the second round of play at the 2012 US Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Ball person Ryan McIntosh of San Antonio, Texas chases down a ball during the match between Lukas Lacko and James Blake in the first round of play at the 2012 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Ryan McIntosh
Ball person Ryan McIntosh of San Antonio, Texas chases down a ball during the match between Lukas Lacko and James Blake in the first round of play at the 2012 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Ryan McIntosh picks up a ball while working a match in the second round of play at the 2012 US Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Ryan McIntosh
Ryan McIntosh picks up a ball while working a match in the second round of play at the 2012 US Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

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