WATERLOO — Paralyzed Veterans of America-Iowa Chapter and ITC Midwest, a wholly owned subsidiary of ITC Holding Corp., an independent electricity transmission company, on Thursday presented an all-terrain chair for Dan Alberts, a U.S. Army veteran from Fairbank.
“We have many veterans and outdoor enthusiasts who work for ITC,” said Mike Ivester, regional manager of local government and community affairs for ITC Midwest. “A few years back our employees decided to select PVA for our employee fundraising drive to help get Iowa vets back outdoors. When we saw how much these track chairs benefited our wounded veterans and how much fun they had with them, it was an easy decision for us all to raise money to purchase another track chair this year.”
It is the third Action TrackChair ITC employees have provided IPVA to help veterans get back to doing what they love, like hunting and fishing.
Kenny Lloyd, a Vietnam veteran from Union and vice president of the IPVA, was the recipient of the first trackchair donated by ITC employees. He said his chair has greatly enhanced his mobility in Iowa’s rough terrain.
“It has made a huge difference in my life on my acreage too,” said Lloyd. “It’s allowed me to get to places on my own. It’s also got me to some places where I could get into a little trouble. I hope Dan enjoys his independence in his new chair and can get himself into a little trouble too.”
Alberts, also an avid hunter and fisherman, said he plans to use his chair to get back into the woods by his home. “I can’t wait to get back out on my pond and go ice fishing this winter. I’m grateful for that and I’m sure my family will be too. I’ve tried such things in the past with my electric chair, got stuck and had to call for help to get me unstuck.”