Vet’s New Wheelchair Will Let Him Fish Anywhere. And I Mean Anywhere

The boys over on the Moldy Chum blog have a recurring post they call “Man Rigs” that showcases all sorts … Continued

The boys over on the Moldy Chum blog have a recurring post they call “Man Rigs” that showcases all sorts of hardcore off-road vehicles and campers. I’d say this wheelchair qualifies as a definite “Man Rig.” According to this story in the Augusta Chronicle, Vietnam vet Henry Kent, who lost his left leg in 1966, is a life-long fisherman. Though he continued to fish after his injury, a traditional wheelchair really didn’t allow him to get everywhere he wanted to go on the water. One time he even had to be rescued by a UPS driver after his wheels got bogged down in soft ground near the lake. Then Kent learned about the Action Trackchair.

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Per the story, the Department of Veterans Affairs refused to pay for the $15K totally bad-a** wheelchair complete with sick tank treads. So Kent got his health benefits advisor to work with the Independence Fund, a “non-profit run by combat veterans that seeks to get tools and therapy to the most severely injured veterans,” and viola…killer new rig that will probably let Kent fish places I couldn’t with two legs. He’s even got this puppy tricked out with custom rod holders and a built in tackle box. From the article:

Kent has a trail of ponds at Fort Gordon in mind, where he couldn’t go before, and where fish have never seen his line. “Now,” he said, reaching down and patting the rain-slicked tread with his hand, “they’re in trouble.”

Go get ’em, soldier.