from Robert Secco

What a wonderful surprise we had for Chris Ochs today. This is how it happened: Defender Mobility contacted me (Rob Secco) and as a board we agreed that Chris would be the perfect recipient. (JUICE from the Leathernecks had nominated DFV to aide in the selection of an off road/all terrain wheelchair recipient) We submitted a letter about his life before and after the war, and how this chair would open a whole new world for him. Defender Mobility agreed, and fast forward to today. Chris was presented with not only this chair, but many accessories to help him while hunting and fishing. These chairs are made possible with donations to Defender Mobility. They host many different fundraisers such as car washes, and the chairs are purchased “$20 at a time” until they have enough to purchase the chair. These are made by Trac Fab in Pennsylvania, which the majority of employees are disabled Veterans. Who better to make a chair suitable for a disabled Veteran? A disabled Veteran. Looking forward to seeing a whole new world open up for Chris. There are many people who made this surprise happen. Thank you to:

Jim Tignanelli, founder of Defender Mobility www.defendermoblity.com

Police Officers Association of Michigan 27056 Joy Rd, Redford

Ed Humper

D.R.E.W. Foundation Ashley, MI They partner with Children’s Miracle Network to link disabled children with veterans as a hunting mentor. https://drew-foundation.org/  “Helping Others Reach Outdoor Dreams”

The Brownstown Police Honor Guard for their flag presentation.

Dwight Zahringer

Defender Mobility

Moran Buick GMC Dealership 14000 Telegraph Taylor, MI

Also, thank you to the American Legion Riders, DFV and the Shielded Souls for coming today.

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