Maryville Purple Heart recipient receives new track chair

Maryville Purple Heart recipient receives new track chair

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Brian Robbins describes his new track chair as awesome and life changing. It was given to him by the American Legion just last week. Brian Robbins describes his new track chair as awesome and life changing. It was given to him by the American Legion just last week.
Engineers specifically designed the track chair for Robbins. From a tool box, to a rack for his rifle and a stand for his fishing pole, it has everything he says he needs. Engineers specifically designed the track chair for Robbins. From a tool box, to a rack for his rifle and a stand for his fishing pole, it has everything he says he needs.
"I used to have a lot of trouble walking through the woods or walking through tall grass and everything, because my prosthetic would snag on something and I would fall," Brian Robbins said. "I used to have a lot of trouble walking through the woods or walking through tall grass and everything, because my prosthetic would snag on something and I would fall," Brian Robbins said.

By SHELBY MILLER
6 News Reporter

MARYVILLE (WATE) - A Maryville veteran is getting the gift of mobility after losing his leg in Afghanistan nearly three years ago.
    
Brian Robbins describes his new track chair as awesome and life changing. It was given to him by the American Legion just last week.

The Maryville veteran lost part of his right leg in November 2011 while serving in Afghanistan

"I stepped on a pressure plate IED and lost my right leg in the field," Robbins said.

Rehab for the retired marine was lengthy, from surgery, to months of occupational and physical therapy. Although Robbins overcame a lot, his injury still kept him from doing some of the activities he loved. 

"I used to have a lot of trouble walking through the woods or walking through tall grass and everything, because my prosthetic would snag on something and I would fall," he said.

Now, some high-tech help is making it easier for the purple heart recipient to get around. Engineers specifically designed the track chair for Robbins. From a tool box, to a rack for his rifle and a stand for his fishing pole, it has everything he says he needs.

"It's not just about the chair, but the level it has taken my life up to is just phenomenal," Robbins says.

Steered with a hand control, the track chair's wheels take the wounded warrior to places he hasn't seen in years, including the rugged terrain on his own 20 acre property.

"I'm pretty mobile, as far as amputees go. I got off easy compared to some of my friends, but, just being able to do pretty much anything I want to do, it's liberating," Robbins said.

It is a special, liberating gift for a man whose already given our country so much.


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