Chief Warrant Officer Stephen served 18 years in the Army as a Black Hawk pilot, deploying four times to the Middle East. In January, 2017, while training stateside at Fort Campbell, Stephen was seriously hurt, sustaining life–threatening injuries which included major damage to his spinal cord. Stephen underwent multiple surgeries and started his long journey of physical and occupational rehabilitation. His wife and four children managed at home as best they could and visited him as often as possible, traveling to several rehabilitation centers.
Stephen’s situation came to SALUTE’s attention due to our partnership with the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab in Chicago. Although Stephen was making great progress in his rehabilitation, his doctors advised that he would need some specialized equipment upon his return home. Specifically, the critical piece of equipment was a standing frame/glider that would allow him to get out of his wheelchair and stand – which helps maintain mobility, bone density and cardiovascular health.
SALUTE was proud to provide this piece of equipment to Stephen for use in his home. Stephen writes:
“It is so wonderful to have this equipment, to be able to stand up, to get out of my wheelchair and use this at home. Thank you so much for your generosity! Thank you for what you do for service members and veterans. “