Customized Wheelchair Gives St. Augustine Army Veteran a Sense of Independence

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Freedom Alliance continues support for military veterans even during the COVID-19 pandemic.

St. Augustine, Fla. – (July 21, 2020) – Freedom Alliance, an organization supporting wounded troops and military families, presented a customized, all-terrain wheelchair to St. Augustine resident, Staff Sgt. David Boucher, United States Army (Ret.).

David joined the Army in 2010 as a 13B (Field Artillery Cannon Crew Member). He went on to serve at Fort Campbell in Kentucky for four years before deploying to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Upon his return, David was stationed at Fort Stewart in Georgia, spending most of his time training in Germany and Poland.

Pictured is all-terrain wheelchair donation recipient United States Army Staff Sgt. David Boucher (Ret), his wife Melissa and their three daughters.

While stationed in Hawaii in 2017, David noticed frequent tremors in his arms which led to a diagnosis of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. He medically retired from the Army in June of 2018.

David currently lives in St. Augustine with his wife Melissa, and their three daughters ages 15, 11, and 1.

“I love going to the beach but haven’t had the chance to take my family in a while since I can’t walk far or in the sand. I look forward to once again fully enjoying my favorite activities with my friends and loved ones,” David commented.

“David gave almost nine years of his life to the service of our country,” said Freedom Alliance President Tom Kilgannon, “and we want to recognize his service with this chair which will help him participate in recreational activities and spend quality time with his family.”

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