I chose Next Step as my prosthetics provider after receiving a list of options that I have in the area. Setting up appointments, coming into the clinics, meeting the staff, and really trying to figure out the best option for me as far as my prosthetics. I knew this was going to be a long road and that this is not a decision that I should be making lightly. Fortunately, I picked Next Step Bionics & Prosthetics, which has been the best thing I’ve done for my medical needs since I’ve gotten home by far. Continue reading “Veteran Marine On Why He Chose Next Step Bionics & Prosthetics”→
The advice I would give somebody that is just starting out on this journey with prosthetics, disabilities, or whatever they may come across, is to always keep pushing. Always keep fighting. Never let a roadblock stop you. Always exceed everybody’s expectations. Continue reading “Advice From Amputee Veteran On Moving Forward”→
I always thought it was a long shot for me to be in the fire department. There wasn’t many times in my life that I felt pity for myself or felt that I couldn’t do something but in that context of having to put myself socially back into society as well as physically, I didn’t know how that would work. That’s when I said, ‘you’re gonna try this. I haven’t done anything yet that I haven’t been able to do. I can do anything that anybody else can do. I just have to find a different way to do it sometimes.’ Continue reading “Amputee Veteran Trains to Become A Firefighter”→
You’ve served, sacrificed, and conquered challenges that seemed insurmountable. You’re ready for that fresh start and new roadblocks emerge. How do you navigate the equipment, transportation, educational, and business challenges ahead? You need resources and have no idea where to start. Grants for disabled veterans, as well as other resources, can be hard to find, as they come from numerous and diverse organizations – everything from federal, state, local, and corporate to nonprofits. Continue reading “Resources to Serve Disabled Veterans”→
Most of the struggles that I encountered in this process at the beginning, whether it’s people wondering if prosthetics would be able to hold up to the physical rigors of the job and the heat resistance, ultimately comes down to this, my real legs are not heat resistant. So if I were to be in a situation where something was to happen with fire I would prefer it to be with a fake leg anyway. It was a lot of people asking me ‘how are you going to do this?” I don’t know if they had doubts but I knew that I didn’t have doubts. That I’d be able to to keep up with the other people in the class without the disability that I have. I remember one day I heard an instructor yelling at one of the other students: “What the heck is wrong with you? There’s a firefighter here with one leg that’s kicking your ass.” It’s things like that that are nice to hear. Lets you know that you’re doing what you’re supposed to be doing. That you’re up to par with everybody else. Continue reading “Amputee Veteran Firefighter Talks About Overcoming Doubts”→
There are plenty of discussions around providing jobs for veterans. Yet, not many address the type of work veterans would actually want to do when their military career ends. Individuals who joined the military in order to be active, help people, fight for their country, and support their fellow troops, don’t want a desk job. It begs the question: Why should veterans be relegated to undesirable entry-level jobs when the only reason they’ve been out of the traditional workforce is because they were serving their country and/or were injured in active duty?
Chuck Donnelly is a veteran of the U.S. Marines who lost his leg on patrol in Afghanistan. He recently talked about the difficult transition to civilian life, including finding a new career, “I wasn’t ‘done’ being a marine. That’s the life I identified with. When I was ripped from that battlefield, I had no transition plan, no job, and no way to fit myself back into society as a normal person.” Continue reading “Life After Active Duty – Finding a New Career”→