Scott Olsen's condition continues to improve

(Photo by Jay Finneburgh)

October 28, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Scott Olsen, the Iraq War veteran seriously injured during the 'Occupy Oakland' protests Tuesday night is still having trouble speaking, but continues to show signs of improvement.

The 24-year-old Marine suffered a fractured skull when he was struck by an object, likely a tear gas canister fired by police.

Doctors at highland hospital expect him to make a full recovery, but say it could be a slow process.

"He's got some pressure on the brain that is causing him not to be able to speak, but he does understand everything that is said to him; he immediately responds when you ask him a question, he gestures," Alameda County Medical Center spokesperson Curt Olsen said.

Doctors are optimistic Olsen will make a complete recovery.

Thursday night, a vigil took place in his honor in Oakland and at several other occupy sites across the country.