In the FOX 7 Care Force, another way to give vets who are missing limbs a path toward a whole life.
You may have heard of something called a track chair. It's a device that several national service groups are giving to amputee vets. A vet in Marble Falls received one, and he's making the most of it.
Say hello to Kody Wilson and his new toy. It's half wheelchair and half tank, it can go just about anywhere, and for Kody it's much more than just a toy.
"It kind of gives you like I said before the option of taking your leg off and enjoying what you are doing outdoors and not only adapting...it makes you relax and focus on what you're trying to do and it's relaxing." says Wilson.
He could use some relaxation. He earned it after 2 deployments to Iraq, the second of which ended after the I.E.D. took his leg. His whole life he's been an outdoorsman and the track chair has him outside again.
In fact soon after he got it he took out some other amputee vets on a fishing trip to Port A.
"I think between 5 of us we had one set of legs together...so we all got to try it out on the sand and shark fished at night...it worked great." says Wilson.
The chair comes courtesy of Garrett George and the Trinity Oaks organization.
George says, "It's gonna allow him to really get into the outdoors...whether it be brush or sand...it'll just be easier for him to get around and it's an incentive to do more."
Trinity Oaks is a service group out of San Antonio; they help people who otherwise wouldn't be able to get into the outdoors for hunting and fishing trips. They received a large grant to makes these chairs available to veterans in central Texas and Kody's is the 10th one they've given away.
"I think it's as good for me and us that are a part of this as it is for them. It takes us out of our own personal struggles to give back. I was told a long time ago that if you've got a problem go do something for somebody else...that's what we do and that what we get out of it." says George.
What's Kody getting out of it? Mileage for one thing, he's had it for about a month and he's used it for 6 outings. He's also making sure fellow vet amputees that he counsels can use it as well.
Kody goes on to say, "It's a dang good excuse for one to get out there and really get back with those guys and help as much as I can and if I can help them...that will help me."
And the chairs aren't cheap. They can for up to $15,000, so the donations are significant; the Kidd Family Foundation gave a grant to Trinty Oaks for the chairs.