Applicants needed for free all-terrain track chair
When someone does a nice thing for you it can start a chain reaction.
For Andrew Liebig, that moment happened in July when he was given a gift that gave him back his life.
“When you don’t really have a whole lot to do besides sit there and be disabled life gets kind of boring,” Liebig said.
Liebig applied and was approved for an all-terrain free track chair by the Independence Fund, a 100-percent volunteer-based organization that helps service injured veterans in need of mobility equipment.
Liebig is no longer restricted to the sidewalk. He able to again do the things he loves such as hunting, fishing and hitting the trails.
“When you’re out there doing these things you’re not thinking about your disability, you’re just living life. You’re just being normal so it definitely restores that sense of independence,” Liebig said.
Liebig now volunteers for the Independence Fund.
It’s his job to find another Alaskan veteran who could use a chair like his.
The money is there: $15,000 donated by Cordova Telephone Cooperative & Cordova Wireless.
“It’s really the whole community. We kind of started it but the whole community really came together to do it,” said Cathy Long, marketing manager for the cooperative.
But there’s a problem. Not a single person has applied.
Liebig’s guess is that people simply don’t know what the Independence Fund is and what it can do for them.
“I truly believe that there are many Alaskans out there that can use a chair just like this,” he said.
Liebig hopes to spread the word so that, one free all-terrain track chair at a time, Alaskan veterans can live life a little easier.
In order to qualify for an all-terrain track chair from the Independence Fund, veterans must have an honorable character of service, along with a service-connected impairment that is at least 50 percent disabling.
Those interested in applying can find information here.