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Ramp built for double amputee Vietnam Vet in Abilene

ABILENE, Texas (KRBC) - Boots on the Ground has been building ramps for people for about 6 years. They build about 60 to 70 ramps every year but Saturday morning they teamed up with home depot to build one for a couple living in Abilene.


"The veteran was displaced from Harvey, he is a Vietnam Vet, a double amputee. He is wheel chair bound and his wife is bedridden," said Kowaleski.


 This gives him the ability to get in and out of his home with ease. The organization used to have a waiting list of about two years.


"We have got it down now to about 45 days, about the paper work so once the paper work is finalized and getting the materials and everything together," said Olan Beard, project manager for Boots on the Ground.


They say newcomers are always welcome and even if you aren't one for tools, they have other jobs you can help with.

"Even if it is just to sit and visit with the people we are doing the ramp for," said Beard.


The cold did not stop the volunteers from working for a good cause.

"To see that happen to someone that has been in a position where they were in a confined area now can get out and sit on their ramp and enjoy the sun, it warms your heart," said Beard.


They already have ramps set up for the next three weekends

 and Home Depot is going to start participating in building ramps with them once a month.
 If you want to help in anyway you can go to their website.

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