By Stephen Mayer, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV) -
An Overland Park veteran already beat the odds and survived. Now he is getting a little help from his community.
But he is not looking for any cash or a new home. All this war hero wants is to be able to play with his children.
People can tell by the way his children hang all over him that family is important to Army veteran Zeke Crozier.
But unfortunately, he is not able to be quite as active with his young boys as he would like. That is because Crozier was nearly killed when his Chinook helicopter went down over Afghanistan two years ago.
The Army flight engineer suffered severe brain injury, spent months in the hospital and was told he may never walk again.
But he proved doctors wrong. Medical experts described his recovery as a miracle. Despite all his progress, he still has trouble keeping up with his children.
"We tried going on a bike ride a few weeks ago. I was walking the dog. Next thing I know, they are way up there about to cross the street. I am way back here yelling stop. It takes a toll on you," Crozier said.
So he began looking for possible solutions and came across trikes.
They are similar to bikes, but their multiwheel design means he can still be active without worrying about balance. But the $5,000 price tag was more than he could handle.
"It is an opportunity to give back to the brave people who serve our country," said Michael Suddes, a volunteer with the Children and Adult Mobility Project.
It turns out the manufacturer has teamed up with the Children and Adult Mobility Project, a charity dedicated to helping those with severe injuries.
Soon, a team of volunteers from Connecticut hopped on an RV and drove the trike right to his front door in Overland Park.
It didn't take him long to master his new ride, and he knows he will be enjoying with his children for years to come.
"This will keep me active as well as with the kids that's a big increase in my esteem level being active with my kids," Crozier said.
If you would like to help other veterans like Crozier, click here for more information on how you can donate to the Children and Adult Mobility Project.
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