Specially Adapted Vehicle to be Presented to OIF Veteran and his Family in Time for Holidays


Beltsville, MD - The gift of mobility will be given to Navy Seal Operator Bill DeGennaro and his family just in time for the holidays. A specially adapted van will be presented to the veteran's family at the Ride-Away Handicap Equipment's holiday party in Beltsville, MD this Friday, December 23 at 12:30 PM.

SO2 DeGennaro, a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), suffered an anoxic brain injury in 2009 which left him confined to a wheelchair. After many months of rehabilitation in the Tampa VA Hospital, SO2 DeGennaro has recently been moved to a Washington, DC facility to be near family. The specially adapted van will give family members the freedom to transport SO2 DeGennaro to appointments and family outings.

The vehicle is being presented to SO2 DeGennaro and his family at no cost through a $16,600 Adaptive Transportation grant from the Semper Fi Fund and allowances given by the Veterans Administration.

Due to SO2 DeGennaro's medical condition, the van will be received by his brother, George DeGennaro. Also in attendance at the presentation and holiday party will be Semper Fi Fund Case Manager, Lisa Killeen, Ride-Away Handicap Equipment representative, Crystal Snowden and Ride-Away employees.

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