COLBERT, Wash. - Paralyzed and disabled veterans often find it hard to return to the activities they love, especially outdoors, but one non-profit is working to put outdoor recreation back on the activity list, one track at a time.
Through the Independence Fund, disabled veterans are eligible for a free Action Trackchair off-road wheelchair.
"Fishing pole holder, rifle scabbards go in there," said Brent King as he looked over his new motorized wheelchair.
When it comes to customizing, King doesn't think small.
"It's a beast, it's going to be fun," said King.
King received his new Action Trackchair this past Saturday and drove it around Colbert.
King was paralyzed when he fell during military training in 1994. Later on in life he would lose both legs. Many veterans in his place often fall into depression.
"Nobody let me sit around and have a pity party and that was the best thing was to get out there and keep going," said King.
But getting out there can be tough, especially when you can't physically get out there. That's where the non profit Independence Fund comes in. They donate chairs to eligible vets across the country.
The Action Track not only opens up different terrain you can actually run it in different seasons. It will go across the beach. You can go hiking with it, fishing and it's built for all ages.
"My son and I hunt and fish and yah, I won't have to sit in the ground blind as much anymore I can get out and roam around with him and it's fairly quiet," said King.
King, who is also the president of the Northwest Chapter of Paralyzed Veterans of America, wants other veterans to know about the Independence Fund and how easy it is to apply for an Action Track.
"An outdoor group in Goldendale that's looking for an Iraq, Afghanistan era veteran and they want to donate one," said King.
But maybe more importantly, there's no reason to give up the things you love.
"This is a heck of a morale booster, it's, I'm loving it too," King said.