Two Military Heroes Received Customized, All-Terrain Wheelchairs from Freedom Alliance During Double Donation Presentation
Two wounded veterans each received a customized all-terrain wheelchair from Freedom Alliance on November 19. The double donation presentation took place at the Iraq Memorial at Veterans Memorial Park in Tampa.
U.S. Army Corporal James Donaldson enlisted in 2003 after graduating high school and served three years in the Idaho National Guard. He was deployed to Iraq and was stationed at FOB Kirkuk when he was hit with an EFP IED and lost both legs and his right index finger. He also suffered multiple Traumatic Brain Injuries from a roadside IED and medically retired in 2006.
Following the 9/11 attacks, U.S. Army Corporal Jonathan Flores was inspired to serve his country and enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2005. On July 4, 2007, while conducting combat patrols, his vehicle was hit with a pressure plate IED and small arms fire. He was transported via medevac helicopter and transferred to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center where he medically retired in September 2008. The wounds he sustained in 2007 led to the amputation of his left leg in February 2019.
Both men were awarded the Purple Heart for injuries sustained during combat.
Freedom Alliance President Tom Kilgannon presented the customized chairs to both men. “Each of these heroes have made incredible sacrifices for our country and their sacrifice must never be forgotten,” said Kilgannon. “We hope these chairs help alleviate the pain from their wounds and provide comfort as our troops use them to access Florida’s beautiful beaches and join in other recreational activities that would not be possible without the assistance of a chair like this.”
Freedom Alliance honors and supports veterans and their families in a variety of ways. These donations represent one of the organizations many efforts to heal the wounds of war in our nation.