Dulles Nonprofit Gifts Vet with Specialized Wheelchair

Freedom Alliance, an organization supporting military families, has provided a customized, all-terrain wheelchair to U.S. Army Spc. Matthew Leyva.

Josh Miles, the director of the organization’s Military and Charitable Programs, formally presented the chair to Leyva at a ceremony April 18 at the Freedom Alliance in Dulles. While on a 2011 deployment to Afghanistan, Leyva lost both of his legs after an improvised explosive device went off. He spent two months in a coma and two years recovering at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. He was medically retired in 2014. Leyva said the wheelchair will allow him to once again enjoy activities he used to, such as hunting.

Freedom Alliance has provided customized chairs to 26 injured service members nationwide. Learn more about the organization at freedomalliance.org.

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