Wheels for Warriors aims to help Michigan veterans who are in need of transportation. The program provides seriously injured soldiers and their families with adaptive vehicles to improve their quality of life.
The program was launched by AmeriCorps and the Michigan Region 10 Veterans Community Action Team. Under the collaboration, 15 bicycles have been given to veterans in Southeast Michigan since the spring of 2015. The bicycles improve mobility for veterans by allowing them to travel to work and medical appointments, attend classes, stay active through exercise and perform other everyday tasks.
Wheels for Warriors presented new bicycles to two veterans during an event at the Ann Arbor VA Medical Center on Oct. 29. Leonard Jasper and Jeff Breen from Lenawee County, Michigan, previously had to rely on walking to get around. Breen is a U.S. Navy veteran of the first Gulf War while Jasper served in Korea and Germany from 1973 to 1976.
The bikes are custom-made according to the veterans’ measurements and cost $329.99 each. The veterans also received a helmet, security lock, portable back rack and a kickstand.
Tammy Sheldon, Lenawee County veterans service officer, said, “This is a quality of life issue . . . We know that neither one of them has a car, so they have to rely on walking or Dial-A-Ride to get them to the VA medical center.”
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