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Old 08-01-2008, 12:45 AM
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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Omaha just sponsored for the first time the National Veterans Wheel chair games for the first time.

I played a small role as one of their bus drivers. It was an honor meeting such great people from across the United States.

I have never met such a positive and friendly group of people in my life. Most of the athletes were confined to wheel chairs and came to Omaha to compete with each other in such things as archery, trap shooting, basketball, bowling and wheel chair racing. The ones that I visited with on the bus enjoyed Omaha and told me they hope to return again.

These vets were remarkable men and women that have certainly touched the lives of many, including me during their week long stay in Omaha.

A young man and his wife asked me while we were at the Qwest Center asked me if I could possible do them a small favor. The request was to allow her husband who was paralyzed at the legs to be allowed to sit in the driver seat and "drive" the MAT bus so she could get some pictures. I told her it would be just fine, and a couple of volunteers picked the vet up and sat him in the driver seat for some photo moments. When we reached the air port I shook his hand and wished them a good flight, He hugged me as did his wife. I didn't think it was that big of a deal, but it meant a lot to them.

This was a very good experience that all of the drivers had and look forward to transporting them all again soon.
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Old 08-01-2008, 07:49 AM
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That's awesome.

We've got it easy because of men and women that have gone off to war, knowing full well there's a good chance they were coming back.
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Old 08-01-2008, 11:32 AM
Location: Sandhills
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Good for Omaha!! And thanks for sharing a positive experience with us.
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Old 08-01-2008, 05:33 PM
Location: Papillion
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An excellent event for people we owe a lot to.
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