posted on September 25, 2014 21:57
Retired businessman, Jerry Moehnke, has donated a specialized tracked wheelchair to help disabled veterans share his passion for upland bird hunting. Jerry enjoys hunting pheasants and other upland birds with his son Steven, who is disabled.
The chair, valued at $16,000, will be donated to help those veterans who require mobility assistance in the bi-annual Welcome Home the Troops Pheasant Hunt, held at Wild Wings of Oneka Hunt Club. The event is sponsored by the Hugo and Stillwatter Yellow Ribbon Network.
The wheelchair can be used by veterans to support them in their pursuit of other outdoor activities.
Chuck Haas, the Hugo YRN chairman, has thanked Jerry and his son for their “... tremendously generous gift...” stating it will make a huge difference in the lives of many of the wounded veterans who return home.
The chair sports a camo-pattern and is advertised as an all-terrain, off-road wheelchair. The chair is used by a number of those who require mobility assistance in hunting a wide range of game animals including turkeys and pheasants in Minnesota.
The wheelchair has been reported to navigate a variety of terrain and in various weather conditions. For instance it is said to transverse snow, tundra and soft beach sand without the need of further assistance. According to users, the chair is perfect for hunting as it operates silently.
Moehnke is not a veteran himself, but admires those who have served their country. He recently sold his hardware distribution business of 28 years, Accurate Component Sales. He hopes he can provide more support for his community in the future.
“I was blessed to have had a great business and great employees,” he is quoted as saying, “and hope that this is just the first of many items that I can [provide to] help make the lives of others just a bit better.”
Are you a disabled hunter? Are you a Wounded Warrior who likes hunting? What are your experiences of hunting?
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