Group pushes to get souped-up wheelchairs to disabled veterans - KCTV5

Group pushes to get souped-up wheelchairs to disabled veterans

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PLATTE COUNTY, MO (KCTV) -

They are quite pricey, but new tricked-out wheelchairs are allowing disabled veterans to move around more freely.

An area group that helps veterans wants to get more of the wheelchairs in the Kansas City area.

The wheelchair can roll just about anywhere including through snow drifts, mud and steep grades.

"With this they can go anywhere they want to go, do anything they want to do," said Bob Woodruff, a member of AmVets Post 181.

The "tank chair" can help disabled individuals enjoy the outdoors in an active fashion.

"You can go just about anywhere - even out in the woods for deer hunting, turkey hunting and pheasant hunting. They can get out and enjoy it," Woodruff said.

The wheelchair is steered with a joy stick much like a video game.

The chairs cost nearly $20,000. The veterans group wants to raise money to buy a second one in hopes of making it available for disabled veterans.

"If I bought it and gave it to one vet, that's just one vet. If I buy it and give it to the entire county, that's open to everybody, not just vets. It will be available to anyone who needs it," Woodruff said.

For more information, you can call the chapter at 816-308-7692 or click here for their Facebook page.

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