Nebraska veteran uses wheelchair to plow snow from sidewalks

By Ben Hooper  |  Jan. 22, 2016 at 1:06 PM
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BELLEVUE, Neb., Jan. 22 (UPI) -- A Nebraska veteran is continuing to serve his country and turning heads locally by converting his wheelchair into a snowplow for sidewalks.

Justin Anderson, an Iraq War veteran living in Bellevue, was given an off-road wheelchair by the Independence Fund charity to help him get around after his leg was amputated, and he decided to use the gift to help others in his community.

"I don't want kids or parents having to go through the snow and possibly trip or hurt themselves," Anderson told WOWT-TV. "I had a half-dozen people stop to take a picture because they hadn't seen a chair like this before."

Anderson said he first fitted the snow blade to his chair last year.

"The chair has on-the-fly tilt so I can adjust the height of the blade as I push snow," he said.

Anderson said he enjoys the opportunity to give back to the community.

"The community has supported me immensely with my struggles and tough times as I had a leg amputated and my fight with brain cancer. This is my way of giving back," he said. "It's very gratifying. It's nice to know you're appreciated. But even if I didn't get any response from anyone -- or nobody said, 'thank you' -- I'd still do it."

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