New wheelchair will help veteran “pay it forward”

CENTERVILLE, Ohio (WDTN) — A retired Army Sergeant injured in Iraq received a special surprise Friday that will help increase his mobility.

Spine injuries from his service keep Richard Bell from being able to move around his property. On Friday, he was presented with a new all-terrain wheelchair at Yankee Trace Golf Course, courtesy of the Miami Valley Freedom Alliance.

Bell said he’s planning to pay this gift forward, and use the wheelchair to help others. He has plans to open a horse therapy program for children with physical impairments, a 44-acre farm named Blessed Hope Ranch.

“There’s no way I could have afforded one myself. It’s just a blessing,” said Bell.

This is the third trackchair Freedom Alliance has given to an injured service member. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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