Thomas Vandeventer already had a Purple Heart from shrapnel wounds on his first tour of duty, but the IED blast that destroyed his Humvee on his second deployment took both of his legs. Long months of rehab, surgeries and adjustment followed. Thomas’ wife LeAnn told us that through everything he endured, he never lost his positive attitude. But there were many challenges—including the carpeting in their new home that made it very difficult for him to navigate with his wheelchair.
He needed help to restore his mobility. Even though Vandeventer has been through such hardships, his wife LeAnn says that he has never lost his positive attitude and outlook on life. LeAnn nominated him for a Wish to replace the carpet in their house with a wood vinyl so that he can get around easier.
Soldier’s Wish and Subway stepped in and did just that. Over the course of a week, the Vandeventers’ carpet was removed, and replaced with wood vinyl to ensure that Thomas could get around without the worry of snagging his chair.
Now that he has mobility, it increases his quality of life and gives him back the independence he cherishes.“ Times were tough in the beginning,” he says. “By moving on and living, that would be the ultimate payback to the ones that detonated that IED, because that is what they were trying to take from me.”
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