Sunday, December 13, 2015

Paralyzed Veteran New Track Chair Gives Him Freedom

Paralyzed Veteran Receives Early Christmas Present
Navy Vet Says New Track Chair Gives Him Freedom In The Outdoor
Ozark First News
By Grant Sloan
Published 12/10 2015
ADRIAN, Mo.-- A group of veterans in the Ozarks delivered an early Christmas present to one of their own this week.

Members of the Vietnam Veterans of America 913 made the trip to Adrian, Missouri --near Kansas City -- to deliver a track chair to Navy veteran, Nate Beard.

Beard, who was paralyzed from the chest down after a swimming accident, says the gift allows him to enjoy his home away from home.

"I love everything about being outside, the trees, the sun, the sky,” says Beard. “I love it all. Freedom.”

Through benefit shows the Vietnam Veterans 913 normally assists veterans in Stone and Taney Counties, but with help from the College of the Ozarks, they had the opportunity to assist someone outside their own backyard.

Hearing Beard’s reason for wanting the high-tech track made it an easy decision for the organization to help him.

"I just wanted to spend time with my daughter outdoors," says Beard.
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