Monday, November 29, 2010

AMVETS Post in Connecticut provides wheelchairs, scooters to veterans

From The Republican-American in Conn.:

TORRINGTON, Conn. — What started out as a gesture of kindness by AMVETS Post 24 has evolved into a mission that has crossed state lines to make life easier for disabled veterans and others.

About four years ago, Post 24 was asked if it could secure a power chair for a paraplegic veteran of the Iraq War. Led by post Chaplain Roger Geiger, the post found a used chair, reconditioned it and presented it to the veteran from Millerton, N.Y.

"Once the word of what we did got out, we started getting more requests," Geiger said.

"It was slow at first, but has taken off the last couple of years. This year alone we've provided 23 power chairs and electric scooters."