Veterans in Need
Otis is an Army veteran from Indiana. He served over 28 years: February 19, 1986 – March 1, 2014.
His injuries include lower, middle, and upper back, neck, both hips, both knees, both hands and feet. These injuries make walking and standing difficult, along with everyday activities such as gripping things, dressing, brushing his teeth and tying his shoes.
He enjoys hunting and fishing, mushroom hunting, planting food plots, and helping others hunt and fish. Otis says that having a TUC Tracked Utility Carrier would “help with my mobility. Some days are tough. This will make it easier.”
Legion of Merits
Ronnie is an Army veteran from indiana. He served on howitzer 105. Ronnie explains that Direct Fire is when the Vietnamese would cross the wire and were within the perimeter 100 to 150 yards. Indirect Fire is out past the perimeter 400 to 450 yards out. Ronnie’s service-related disabilities include exposure to Agent Orange, hearing loss, cancer, PTSD, heart attack, heart stent, neuropathy in both hands and legs. He struggles getting dressed in the morning, walking, and breathing. Neuropathy can be debilitating some days.
Ronnie enjoys planting food plots, hunting, and going to the lake. He would use the TUC Tracked Utility Carrier to haul wood or other items he’d need to transport, such as game. He would mow grass as well. “It will allow me to have a lot more independence as well as a sense of freedom,” Ronnie explains.
Steve is an Army veteran from Indiana. He served as First Sergeant HHC 219th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade (Deployed Operation New Dawn, Iraq), First Sergeant A Troop 2nd Squadron, 152 Calvary, 11B Course Manager, Deployed Operation Enduring Freedom / 11B MUPS Asst. Course Manager/Senior Instructor, Task Force Phoenix III, (the first Infantry Combat School in a Combat Zone since WWII), DESERT SHIELD/ STORM, Assigned HHT 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Ft Bliss Texas. Steve also has civilian experience being a Critical Incident Counselor for International Critical Incident Stress Foundation and is an ordained minister through Eagle Ministries International, Austin, Texas. He has a Bachelor of Business Science degree and experience in Biblical and Modern Hebrew and Eschatology through Jerusalem University, Israel. Military education includes Anti-Armor Leaders Course, Pathfinder, ANCOC, BNCOC Phase I / II, Small Group Leader Instructor Training, Total Army Instructor Training, PLDC, 19D MOS Training, Arctic/ Winter Operations Training and 11C MOS Training.
Steve’s struggle includes learning to live with constant pain. He had surgery on his left knee that resulted in blood clots and life-threatening pulmonary embolism. His right knee is injured, as well. His left shoulder rotator cuff has multiple tears and he has lower back issues. He has experienced multiple concussive events that have caused him to be diagnosed with anxiety disorder. These physical difficulties present a daily challenge in managing pain, but Steve praises YeHoVah for giving him the mercy and strength to continue the mission given him.
Steve’s interests include bible study and teaching, gardening, and training therapy dogs. His passion is Emergency Management Operations. Though pain hinders these activities, Steve states, “I desire to teach, to enable others, churches and veterans how to know God’s provision – first the natural – emergency operations, managing, feeding and providing shelter; growing a garden and how to honor the increase; then the spiritual – knowing His provision of Mercy, Grace and Reconciliation, restored to fullness to help others through the emergencies and daily living of life in this world.”
Steve would use a TUC Tracked Utility Carrier to ease the concern of the daily navigation of pain. “I would not have to watch for falling when my knees give out and I could get to more areas and reach more people.”
Meritorious Service Medal (2)
Combat Infantryman’s Badge (2nd Award)
Army Commendation Medal (4)
Army Achievement Medal (4)
Good Conduct Medal (4)
Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal
National Defense Service Medal (3)
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Armed Forces Reserve Medal With ‘M’ device
Kuwaiti Liberation Medal
Southwest Asia Expeditionary Medal / Saudi Arabia NATO Medal
NCO Professional Development Medal (3)
Army Service Ribbon
Army Overseas Service Ribbon
Army Reserve Overseas Training Ribbon
Indiana Commendation Medal
Indiana Overseas Service Ribbon
Indiana Long Service Medal
Illinois Long Service Medal
German Schutzeneer – Silver