Marine Awarded BraunAbility Accessible Minivan
A Marine who was paralyzed from the shoulders down after a motorcycle accident in November 2010 received a special gift this holiday season. A vehicle with a BraunAbility wheelchair accessible conversion was presented to active duty Marine Staff Sgt. Scott Nicholas and his family at certified Braun dealer Ride-Away in Tampa, Fla.
Nicholas, who is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, is currently receiving therapy at the Tampa Veterans Administration hospital.
The new converted Chrysler 2011 touring van features a lowered floor so that Nicholas can drive into the van and ride in the passenger side position.
The Semper Fi Fund donated $12,700 toward the vehicle through its Adaptive Transportation grants. The grants are provided to service members who have lost limbs or have been catastrophically injured in combat, training or as a result of an accident while on active duty. In addition, Nicholas received Ride-Away’s special Veterans Day discount of $1,111.11.
Ride-Away also provided Nicolas and his family with a temporary adapted van while the new vehicle was in production.
Nicholas received the Braun van with his wife Yolanda and their three children. Also in attendance was Semper Fi Fund case manager Sheri Holden, Help Our Military Heroes Chairman of the Board Ted Hollander, Ride-Away President Mark Lore, and Ride-Away Tampa General Manager Jim Scruggs.