NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A gift for a North Texas veteran is giving him an ability that many may take for granted. For retired Corporal Mike Fox, it’s a chance to live life the way he’s always wanted.
“Back in November 15th 2011, I stepped on an IED, lost both of my legs instantly,” he recalls.
Corporal Fox has come a long way since the day he nearly lost his life on the battle field. His prosthetic legs have allowed him to walk, but with many limitations.
“The uneven terrain, rocks, slippery slope… It all presents a huge problem,” he explains.
So you can understand why he smiles as he looks at the track chair, a cross between a traditional wheel chair and all-terrain vehicle. It’s decked out in camouflage, and comes with all the bells and whistles an outdoors-man could possibly want.
“I can fish off of it. It’s got a fishing pole holder here, a gun rack and a collar mount and I’ll be good.”
For some, enjoying the outdoors is simply a hobby. For Corporal Fox, it’s necessary therapy.
“Hunting and fishing is a huge part of the rehab. It’s a big mental stress relief, I guess you can say.”
It is relief he’ll get a lot more of now that no hunting or fishing trail can stop him.
Corporal Fox says he is thankful for the gift on behalf of Freedom Alliance. High tech track chairs like Fox’s cost anywhere from 15-25 thousand dollars.
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