Military Veteran to Receive Custom Wheelchair During Golf Tourney

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                 July 21, 2014

Phone: 813.321.3314                                                                              Contact: Donnie Gallagher

Fax: 813.961.4702                                                                              Donnieg@ConsultVistra.com

Freedom Alliance honors disabled veteran with the organization’s third All-terrain Wheelchair donation


CENTERVILLE, Ohio – July 21, 2014 – On Friday, July 25, retired Army Sergeant Richard Bell will be given a customized, all-terrain Action Trackchair. The presentation ceremony will be held during the 8th Annual Miami Valley Freedom Alliance Golf Classic at The Golf Club at Yankee Trace in Centerville.

Sgt. Bell entered into the United States Army in November of 1987. During his active duty service, he was deployed to Iraq during Desert Shield/Desert Storm while assigned to the 5th Special Forces Group at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky.

Since returning home after his last deployment more than twenty years ago, Sgt. Bell has been diagnosed with combat–related injuries that have left him unable to move around his property.

Despite the hardships he has faced, Sgt. Bell is determined to help others. He has plans to open a horse therapy program for children with physical impairments, a 44-acre farm named Blessed Hope Ranch.  He also co-founded a wheelchair support group, The Circle of Friends.

Sgt. Bell is grateful to Freedom Alliance for providing this new opportunity to once again enjoy outdoor activities. “The new Trackchair will allow me to have total freedom on my farm, allowing me to bless and support others, as others have done for me. I look forward to a break from my braces and crutches.”

Sgt. Bell has been married to his high school sweetheart for 27 years and together they have 6 children and 4 grandchildren.


The ceremony will take place:

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Golf Club at Yankee Trace
10000 Yankee St, Centerville, OH 45458

6 p.m.


This is the third Trackchair Freedom Alliance has given to an injured service member. Additional donations are planned in the months ahead. The Trackchair will be presented by Freedom Alliance President Tom Kilgannon who noted the difficulty for injured service members to obtain a Trackchair because they are expensive and insurance often does not cover the purchase.

“Sgt. Richard Bell is a good man and continues to serve others in need,” said Kilgannon. “This chair will be life-changing for Richard and we hope it brings him comfort and the ability to enjoy nature and his favorite activities more easily.”

In addition to Trackchair donations, Freedom Alliance has provided over $8 million in college scholarships for the children of military heroes who were killed or disabled in military service, and millions more to help wounded troops and military families with outdoor recreation therapy such as hunting and fishing trips, Heroes Vacations, care packages for deployed troops, homes and much more.


To make a donation, or for more information about the tournament, please visit: www.freedomgolfclassic.com.


For more information about Freedom Alliance visit www.FreedomAlliance.org.


Media should RSVP to Donnie Gallagher of Vistra Communications at 813.321.3314 or DonnieG@ConsultVistra.com.

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