Legion Riders Present $15,000 Track Wheelchair to Kansas Marine
NELIGH - A Kansas Marine will have an easier time getting around thanks to the generosity of Northeast and North Central Nebraskans. The Sandhills Legion Riders Chapter, based out of Post 172 in Neligh have donated a $15,000 all-terrain track wheel chair to Corporal Ammon Lang of Norton Kansas. While serving in Afghanistan in June of 2011, Lang stepped on an improvised explosive device. Doctors eventually had to amputate both of his legs from the knees-down. Members of the Legion Riders head about a the track wheel chairs in April and decided to purchase one for a veteran. Chapter Director Darryl Booth says they thought it would take about a year to raise the $15,000, but that they grossly underestimated the generosity of Northeast and North Central Nebraskans. By August the Riders had collected $10,000. A doctor with the Omaha Veterans Hospital recommended Cpl. Lang, who is an avid outdoorsman. The Legion Riders presented the chair to Lang Sunday at a ceremony at the Neligh Legion Club. He stayed overnight and was part of the Veterans Day ceremony Monday at Neligh-Oakdale Public Schools. Lang and his wife have two young sons and are expecting their third child – a daughter - soon.