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.

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