Beltsville, MD — As a triple amputee, Marine Corporal (Cpl) Todd Love was not sure he would be able to drive again but now he is one step closer to overcoming that obstacle. This past week Cpl Love and his family were presented with a specially adapted vehicle by the Semper Fi Fund with coordination by Help for Our Heroes (HOMH).
Cpl Love states, "I'm very happy with the van and even more happy with HOMH and Semper Fi Fund for making it happen for me and being such good friends during the process."
Cpl Love is a third-generation Marine who served in Afghanistan with the 1st Recon out of California. On October 25, 2010, Todd was the point man on a foot patrol when he triggered an IED. He suffered the loss of both his legs above the knee and had severe damage to his left hand, resulting in amputation.
Adaptations to the van included the addition of a Recaro five point racing seat that will keep Todd secure, a hydraulic lift system, hand controls and many other features that will allow Todd to drive on his own one day. The vehicle was made possible by funding provided by the Semper Fi Fund and the Veterans Administration (VA).
The Semper Fi Fund helps fund specially adapted vehicles through its Adaptive Transportation grants. These grants are provided to service members who have lost limbs or are paralyzed as a result of their injuries. Modified transportation is a vital component to a successful rehabilitation for someone who is severely injured like Todd. It is key to ensuring that appointments and therapies are easily attended, and more freedom of mobility is given to the injured and their families.
Typically, a modified vehicle can cost upwards of $60,000. After the VA loan is applied to a handicap vehicle, the Semper Fi Fund will provide funding to reduce and often eliminated the financial burden of an adapted vehicle. The Semper Fi Fund contributed over $26,000 for Cpl Love's specially adapted vehicle.
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