Tampa, Fla. – (Oct. 30, 2020) – Freedom Alliance, an organization supporting wounded troops and military families, presented a customized all-terrain wheelchair to Land O’ Lakes resident, retired U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Carl Moore, a paralyzed veteran who served our nation and was awarded a Purple Heart. This gift is Freedom Alliance’s fifth all-terrain wheelchair donation in 2020.
Staff Sgt. Moore enlisted in the Army in 2008 as a Forward Observer, attending Basic Training at Fort Sill in Oklahoma. He then went on to Airborne School at Fort Benning in Georgia before a stint at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Staff Sgt. Moore served two overseas deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom – one in April 2010 and another in November 2012.
While on a mission in 2013, his platoon came under attack, leaving him with two collapsed lungs and a T10 spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed. He eventually transferred to James A. Haley Spinal Cord Injury Facility in Tampa where he was admitted inpatient for 10 months and underwent nearly three years of rehabilitation.
Significantly, Staff Sgt. Moore has received several awards for service including Army Commendation Medals, the National Defense Service Medal, and others. He is married to Heather and together, they have a daughter, Addison; he is also pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering.
“This Track Chair is an essential piece of equipment I need to maintain my property and continue living a life that is not as affected by my injuries. I’ve had to go without one for some time now and as a result, the condition of my property has declined because I simply could not get to places without getting my normal power chair stuck. I am thankful Freedom Alliance has helped with continuing to live a more active and fulfilled life by gifting this necessary chair, which I would otherwise not have been able to afford,” said Staff Sgt. Moore.
During these unprecedented times, Freedom Alliance is committed to caring for our veterans and their families. This donation is one of several ways the organization is actively working to help our service members remain positive and feel supported.
“As we continue to navigate life through a global pandemic, it’s especially important we ensure the mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing of our veterans,” said Freedom Alliance President Tom Kilgannon. “Brave men like Carl deserve our unwavering support as it aids in the rehabilitation process and gets combat veterans back into the outdoors, which helps get them recover.”