Monday, July 14, 2014

Vietnam Veteran helping handicap people live better lives

Vietnam vet becomes hero to hundreds at home
CBS News 6
JULY 10, 2014

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. – As a new addition arrived at Emily Hicks’ home, the 84-year-old woman could not contain her excitement. An army of volunteers installed for her a bridge to the outside world — a streamlined wheelchair ramp.

“I think it is a God sent blessing,” Hicks said. “I fall so much I need it bad.”

What used to take a day or two to install, can now be up and running in just a few hours.

The modular ramp was created by Joe Doetzer. The units are built in a warehouse and delivered in sections.

“We do it in stages,” Joe said. “Each takes about half a day.”

Joe has installed hundreds of ramps for the non-profit Project Homes since 1998. Over the years, Project Homes has helped the elderly and less fortunate with home renovations.

“Well, you’ve got to put yourself in their shoes,” Joe said.

The ramps help people with disabilities live a normal life. It is an issue close to Doetzer’s heart. The 68-year-old U.S. Army veteran was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson’s Disease in his 30′s, not long after being exposed to Agent Orange serving in Vietnam.
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