Knoxville veterans' group donates wheelchair to disabled Marine

Knoxville veterans' group donates wheelchair to disabled Marine

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"Rick called, he said you need a chair? You got one. It was as simple as that," English said. "Rick called, he said you need a chair? You got one. It was as simple as that," English said.
"We got scooters, power chairs, walkers. If anybody needs them we have electric beds. If anyone needs an electric hospital bed, we have a couple of those as well," Lynch said. "We got scooters, power chairs, walkers. If anybody needs them we have electric beds. If anyone needs an electric hospital bed, we have a couple of those as well," Lynch said.
So, when Jan and her service dog, Chayna, would go out for a walk in her West Knoxville neighborhood, the chair was unreliable. So, when Jan and her service dog, Chayna, would go out for a walk in her West Knoxville neighborhood, the chair was unreliable.

By DON DARE
6 On Your Side Consumer Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A disabled veteran was able to celebrate Memorial Day in a new wheelchair thanks to a local veterans' organization.

Disabled American Veterans has been assisting fellow eligible veterans since 1920. The group helps people who may need assistance with filling out complicated paperwork, transportation, walkers, and wheelchairs.

For more than a year, disabled Marine veteran Jan English had a faulty power wheelchair.

Last month, English explained to 6 On Your Side how the battery in the chair will only allow her to travel a short distance.

When Jan and her service dog, Chayna, would go out for a walk in her West Knoxville neighborhood, the chair was unreliable.

"I'm afraid if I go five or six blocks and it goes down, it will stop in the street," English said.

Mrs. English is a former Marine and has a service connected disability.

Since last year, she has been asking the Veteran's Administration for a new wheelchair.

In a letter from the VA, English's request was denied, stating she was not eligible.

Army Staff Sergeant Rick Lynch at Knoxville's American Disabled American Veterans' chapter called English shortly after seeing our report.

"Rick called, he said you need a chair? You got one. It was as simple as that," English said. "Did I start crying right away?"

"No, you cried when I got here," Lynch said.

"This is a loan thing, this is yours as long as you need it," Lynch said. "When you are finished with it give it back to us because there might be other veterans who may need it down the road."

"You have heard the saying veterans take care of veterans. We do," English said.

At the DAV Headquarters in Fountain City, there is a variety of equipment ready to be loaned out to eligible needy vets.

"We got scooters, power chairs, walkers. If anybody needs them we have electric beds. If anyone needs an electric hospital bed, we have a couple of those as well," Lynch said.

"If a veteran needs something, we got it. If they need it we are there to help."

To reach DAV Chapter 5 in LaFollette, call 423-562-3531.

For DAV Chapter 24 in Knoxville, call 865-689-7789.


You can see Don's 6 on Your Side reports every Monday and Wednesday on 6 News at 5.

If you have a consumer question -- send Don an email at ddare@wate.com, or call is his 6 on Your Side hotline number at 865-633-5974.

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