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Local Vietnam vets giving back to those in need with free wheelchairs, walkers, and more

Members of the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 17 have been collecting donated wheelchairs, walkers, and scooters for years. Now, the group has a surplus of the assistance items and they’re hoping to give them to local vets in need. (KSNV)

Members of the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 17 have been collecting donated wheelchairs, walkers, and scooters for years. Now, the group has a surplus of the assistance items and they’re hoping to give them to local vets in need.

"We don't give to just Vietnam veterans. We give to any veteran in need,” said Vietnam War veteran J.W., who oversees the chapter’s wheelchair program. "I thought, 'Wow. These guys worked all their lives and they don't even have a car to get to the grocery store? The wheelchair provides that mobility.’”

J.W. was sure to point out that the mobility of many veterans became limited at the cost of freedom. So, from wheelchairs to electric scooters, walkers, and even lifts, he works with other members of the chapter to make sure the donated items are given to local disabled veterans for free.

J.W. says he’s seen first hand the impact the assistance devices can have on someone’s life.

"It just keeps you from sitting in a recliner all day taking high-powered pain pills. That is not the way to go,” he said.

In addition to vets themselves, the items have also been given to those related to armed service members or just any person in need. He knows at this point though, his group has more chairs than people, adding he has seen a pressing need for chairs and walkers among veterans, locally.

"Come see us if you need a wheelchair or an electric device to get around in. We have them and we would be glad to donate them to you, free of charge,” he said.

If you or a veteran you know could use a free walker or chair, or if you'd like to donate either of these types of items to someone in need, call the offices of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 17 at 702-396-2338.

The items will be given away on a first-come, first-serve basis with veterans as the top priority. Proof of military service will be requested.

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