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Local Veteran Receives Life-Changing Gift

A local veteran, who injured her knees while fighting in Iraq, received a gift Saturday that she says will change her life forever.

CRESAPTOWN, MD.A local veteran, who injured her knees while fighting in Iraq back in 2003, received a gift Saturday that she says will change her life forever.

Vickie Fearon says it has been nearly 10 years since she was last able to walk without pain. For her, every move is a struggle because of the knee injuries she got while deployed in Iraq.

"My right knee gives out on me, my left knee gives out on me," said Fearon.

Vickie says they are injuries that have stripped away her independence. But thanks to "Troop Treats,” a non-profit organization based in Virginia, she has been able to reclaim it. They gave her a motorized wheelchair.

"I called her and said you're exactly who I’m looking for,” said Germaine Broussard, creator of Troop Treats. “And so we talked a couple of days ago and we wanted to bring the wheelchair to her for her early Christmas present."

For Vickie, it's the best present she has ever received.

"It’s a new me,” said Fearson. “This has changed my life in a way no one had ever imagined. Because I had done nothing but sit in my house or lay on the bed for two days with my legs and my knees hurting so bad I can't walk. It's going to get me out and let me go places that I had not been able to go to. It's going to let me go out and go grocery shopping for myself."

"Troop Treats" spent two months making dozens of phone calls trying to find a veteran to give the wheelchair to. And now that Vickie finally has one, she says she wants to spend more time volunteering to help other veterans.

"They have hope and they care so much about this country and that amazes me,” said Fearon. “I mean, all these people that are continuing to join knowing they're going into combat."

To learn more about "Troop Treats" go to http://www.trooptreats.com/

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