Joe was a Green Beret on mission in Afghanistan when he was hit in the head by a PKM round! The bullet grazed his skull and the bone fragments shattered and hit his brain, causing a TBI (traumatic brain injury). This left him with hemispheric paralysis, meaning he was paralyzed on one side of his body: one eye doesn’t work, one arm, one leg...
When Wheelchairs for Warriors met up with Joe and his family in Oakland, California he was lumbering around his home in an institutional wheelchair that weighed about 52 pounds, had one missing footrest and one missing armrest. He pulled himself along with his one working leg. His power chair was in the corner...dead in the water. And no one at the VA was helping. Imagine the toll that takes on a young man used to being in the middle of “the fight”, a man used to taking care of others, now dependent on them. Imagine the toll that takes on his wife and four kids. Imagine how difficult and exhausting it was for her to push around a 6'3"man in a 52 lb. half-working wheelchair.
But, we fixed it. YOU fixed it. YOUR donations alleviated their dire situation. We presented Joe with a custom-designed, enhanced mobility solution. Now Joe can scoot around anywhere he wants in his new power chair. He can stand himself up straight to speak at eye-level with anyone. He can get his own coffee out of the cabinet! He can lay himself flat for rehabilitative exercises and to give himself pressure relief so he doesn’t get pressure sores. He is now highly mobile and independent!
Joe and his wife are especially grateful since they have four young children to raise and now, because of Joe’s new independence, their quality of life has improved dramatically. Joe is no longer immobilized and isolated - he can go on more home front missions... to the grocery store, PTA meetings, sporting events, around the block...pretty much anywhere he wants! He is...Rolling Strong!