BRANSON, Mo. — An annual service took place Friday — and it’s one that will help those who have served our country get the most out of their life.
The call of duty has left many of our veterans wheelchair bound, or in need of some assistance getting around.
Faith Lutheran Church in Branson was the venue for a special “fix it” service, free of charge, to anyone whose set of wheels are getting a little rusty.
“The community and the businesses that specialize in this, they seem to be behind us 100% on it,” said William White, better known as “Dub.’ He heads up the American Legion Post 220 in Branson. he says that today’s Mobility Device Repair Day is their 4th annual — hosted by his organization, along with Veterans and Military Coalition of the Ozarks.
He says this service is not only for veterans.
“This morning out of all these that we’ve had come in, there was probably three veterans then rest of them were locals that’s always been here,” White said.
Even for some, not so local.
“We had some come over from Mountain Home through American Legion — and somebody from Harrison met them part way and brought it rest of the way and then reversed it and we sent it back,” said White.
All types of mobility devices were accepted — including canes. This service saves those in need lots of money. Kenny Thompson is a certified mobility device repair person.
“If we knew that this chair for exmple needed that controller..well I’ve got these. You know so I can bring it down here and replace that controller. That’s 400-dollars that we can save those folks and get them back rolling again,” Thompson said.
In addition, this program is not just about fixing. It’s also about providing.
“And we can take the parts off of those chairs and use them to help, cause we got them for free..so we can use those to help other folks that maybe can’t..their provider doesn’t do it anymore,” said Thompson.
“As you can see they’re cleaned up, they’re taken care of. We tweek them up and we loan them, or we give them away,” White said.
Although batteries are not free, they are working on partnering with local businesses in order to change that.
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