Track Chairs for Veterans - TrackMaster Mobility

Empowering Two Generations of Service.…We Salute You!

These two United States Army Veterans, generations apart, proudly served our Country in Vietnam and Iraq. Learn of their empowering stories during their time of service, their mission today and outdoor lifestyles with support from their Trackmaster Mobility machines.

Raymond Brown

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Our first Veteran, Raymond Brown, was called to join the United States Army in November 1966 and served two tours in Vietnam during his time of service. Raymond arrived in Vietnam just 3 days after the start of the TET Offensive which was the largest and bloodiest offensive of the entire Vietnam War. His AIT specialty training in Radio Microwave Equipment Repair was widely used and relied upon during the war and certainly an eye-opener of what was to come.

In February 1969, Raymond returned home after his first Vietnam tour and was assigned to White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. While on a temporary assignment in Utah, Raymond was the victim of a vehicular accident where he was run down broadside at 70mph leaving his back broken in 4 places and his left leg in 134 places which kept him hospitalized for 1 year and 8 months. After returning to duty at WSMR and completing another Vietnam tour, Raymond returned to the states February of 1972, taught Basic Electronics to troops for 3 years, and parted ways with the Army in July 1975. After moving back to his hometown of Richmond, Indiana, Raymond and his wife, Kathy, raised their two children and he worked for an electronics company and major shopping center property group in the private sector before retiring in 2001.

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Today, you can find Raymond traveling throughout Indiana on his Trackmaster machine serving his current mission. Since 2017, he has dedicated his time to restoring Veteran Markers in cemeteries throughout Indiana at no charge to families. As the Director for Mission Restore Bronze Indiana, Raymond and other members of the organization have restored over 6000 markers in 600 cemeteries throughout the state including Medal of Honor recipients interred in Indiana. To read Raymond’s full story and learn more about how you can help or request a marker restoration please visit http://www.mrbi.rocks/.

Natalie Vines

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Our next generation Veteran is Natalie Vines. Natalie also served in the United States Army from 1992 to 2013 and served two tours in Iraq where she was deployed to Baghdad from 2004 to 2005 and to Mosul from 2009 to 2010. While deployed to Baghdad, Natalie’s unit received enemy mortar fire. During the attack, she incurred a Traumatic Brain Injury and PTSD. In Mosul, she suffered another TBI which resulted in being medivacked to Germany and then to Texas. As a result of the second TBI, Natalie began treatment for seizures, severe migraines, cognitive issues, balance and vision issues, and severe PTSD. Finally, after 21 years of service Natalie was medically retired from the Army in January 2013.

Fast forward to today, Natalie’s treatment and healing is ongoing. She has attended numerous inpatient and outpatient programs for TBI and PTSD, but one of the biggest and immeasurable factors to her recovery was receiving a well-trained service dog from Guardian Angels Medical Dogs. Natalie and her husband/caregiver, Brian, have received tremendous assistance and support from the Elizabeth Dole Foundation and they have been involved with several amazing non-profit organizations including Wounded Warrior Project, Team Semper FI/Americas Fund, The Independence Fund, The Villagers for Veterans and Wake for Warriors.

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Natalie’s goals continue to be focused on her recovery, better social integration and returning to an active lifestyle. In that effort, Natalie received a new Trackmaster in August 2021. Their beautiful lake property near Ashville, Alabama has some steep terrain challenges and now she has the freedom to explore, shoot, fish, check the mail, and head to the dock without assistance. Natalie says, “I love the fact that my track chair helps with my balance and vision issues. Otherwise, I would depend on my husband or others to drive me. It’s sturdy, safe, and holds a long battery charge.”

As their way of giving back, Natalie and Brian recently began opening their home to other Veterans. Their current mission is to help others with their recovery, enjoy life outdoors, and experience a peaceful, serene place that nature can provide.

 

LeAnn Harrington
National Sales Manager
Trackmaster LLC

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