Distribution Partner: VA Medical Centers and related facilities
The Knights of Columbus across the United States support the opportunities to assist our nation’s veterans whenever possible. The Department of Veteran’s Affairs and especially the Voluntary Service directors understand that there is always a need for additional support for our veterans.
One of the most visible ways Knights have been able to assist the VA and veterans across the country is to deliver brand new wheelchairs to be used by the vets.
On a blustery June morning at the Audie Murphy VA Hospital in San Antonio, Texas, two dozen brand new yellow wheelchairs were delivered by a contingent of Knights from Boerne and San Antonio. Texas Knights have raised money for wheelchairs to help veterans, retired clergy and local needs as well as international projects to countries around the world.
A wheelchair user named Karen who is a Navy veteran said, “The thought and development you have put into these wheelchairs is inspiring. Being able to raise and lower the arms for ease of transfer is so important. The bright yellow color made me think of sunshine and happiness. It might seem like such a small thing, but these gifts are truly lifesavers for the thousands of people you have helped through the years.”
Later that same day the Knights traveled to the hill country, and the Kerrville VA Center to deliver another load of wheelchairs. The truck carrying the wheelchairs was escorted by the Texas “Knights on Bikes” who always make a grand entrance on mostly large Harley Davidson motorcycles.
At Kerrville, Marine Corps veteran James was so taken by the generosity of the Knights and the wonderful presence of the Fourth Degree Color Corps that he was inspired to salute the Knights in thanks. It was an emotional moment for everyone present.
Knights Councils in Maryland, Florida, California, Arizona and Tennessee have provided hundreds of wheelchairs for veterans over the years and many states are holding “Wheelchair Sunday” parish drives to increase their support of our nation’s heroes.
It is with great pride that we are able to Serve Those Who Served and bring some “Sunshine and Happiness” into their lives with the gift of brand new yellow wheelchairs.