Members of the Combat Veteran’s Motorcycle Association, which helped arrange a donation of a new rehabilitation machine to the New Hampshire Veterans' Home, stand with the machine, which is piloted by Ron Barcomb, a Vietnam veteran and a resident of the home. From left, association members Robert Pickard, Richard Chandonnais, Rick Kent, Scott Botelho, Jack Blair, Barcomb (seated in the machine), Mary Boucher, Jack Rieck, Joe Neal, nhcars.net owner Ed Walter, Frank Doxey, Joseph Day, and Ray Schwendeman. (DAN SEUFERT PHOTO)
Hooksett man donates hand cycle to NH veterans home
Walter, the owner of nhcars.net, a used car dealership in Hooksett, bought the machine used for rehabilitation so he could donate it to the New Hampshire Veterans Home.
“I knew it was a good deal,” he said. “But the price doesn’t matter so much. I thought of the veterans home when I saw it. Anything I can do to help these guys is worth it.
If it wasn’t for the vets, we wouldn’t be able to enjoy the freedoms we have.”
It is therapeutic because it will allow the home’s residents to get a full workout without the need of their legs, which is important for many older veterans who have limited or no use of their lower limbs.
“Our slogan is vets helping vets,” Schwendeman said. “This machine can add a couple of years to a veteran’s life.”