A U.S. Marine who lost both legs after stepping on an roadside bomb in Afghanistan in 2011 wouldn’t let it stop him from hunting and fishing, but an all-terrain wheelchair from a nonprofit military advocacy group will make those activities much easier.
Sgt. James “Matt” Amos will receive a custom-made “Trackchair” from Freedom Alliance on Thursday in Overland Park, Kan. The event, which is similar to others the organization has held for veterans, is its way of kicking off Military Appreciation Month.
The Marine, who was on his third deployment to the Middle East when the blast occurred, describes himself as “an avid hunter and fisherman” — activities that had become difficult for him since sustaining his injuries.
“My new Trackchair will allow me to move more quietly and safely through the thick brush that previously got tangled around the prosthetics and frequently caused me to fall,” he told Freedom Alliance.
Sgt. Amos will be joined at the ceremony by his wife of nine years, Audrie, and their two children. Afterwards, the local hero and attendees will enjoy a barbecue lunch.
“Matt Amos is a good man and an American hero who served our country on three deployments,” said Freedom Alliance President Tom Kilgannon. “This chair is a small token of our appreciation for his service and sacrifice. I hope it brings him comfort and the ability to enjoy nature and his favorite activities more easily.”
In addition to donations such as the Trackchair, Freedom Alliance also has a scholarship fund that provides funds to the sons and daughters of American service members. Over $8 million has already been dispersed to the children of military heroes who were either killed or injured as a result of military service.
Freedom Alliance’s mission statement is to “advance the American heritage of freedom by honoring and encouraging military service, defending the sovereignty of the United States and promoting a strong national defense,” its website states.