The The Wheelchair Foundation, a division of Behring Global Educational Foundation, a 501(c)3 charitable foundation, has a goal to provide a free wheelchair to every child, teen and adult worldwide who needs one but has no means to acquire one.
HONORING THE GREATEST GENERATION
We are remembering with great fondness Wheelchair Foundation President, David Behring’s trip-of-a-lifetime, the opportunity to join a group of volunteers and chaperone a Veteran on an Honor Flight to Washington, D. C. to see the memorials built in honor of their service and sacrifice in support of democracy.
~ By David Behring
“Over the years the Wheelchair Foundation has furnished wheelchairs to Honor Flight Network chapters throughout the country. This non-profit organization’s mission is to provide all-expense-paid trips for World War II veterans back to Washington, D.C so that they can visit their memorial along with Arlington Cemetery and other memorials related to military service.”
HOLIDAY DISTRIBUTION IN MEXICALI, MX
On Saturday, December 5th at the Center for Fairs Events and Exhibitions in Mexicali, Mexico, Rotarians and DIF held a wheelchair distribution for the disabled and less fortunate.
Rotarians from Calafia, Cantinela, Empersarial, Industrial, Oriente, and Oeste Rotary Clubs joined with DIF – the National System for Integral Family Development – to distribute wheelchairs to children and adults with disabilities and limited resources. Wheelchair recipients were greeted individually, one car at a time, to receive their brand new wheelchairs.
These wheelchairs were sponsored and funded by the Rotary Club of Apple Valley, California, in a partnership between Rotary Districts 5330 and 5300 and Wheelchair Foundation. Thank you to everyone involved!
BACK TO VIETNAM
One year ago I joined a group of our Vietnam Veterans on a wheelchair trip to Vietnam where I saw old adversaries become new friends and that simple acts of kindness make the world a better place for both the givers and receivers. Let’s keep these thoughts in mind as we enter the holiday season. Below are a couple of brief recollections from that trip from two Veterans that traveled with us, Joe Callaway and Gary Pforr.
Joseph Callaway entered the army as a private in 1965 and, after being commissioned as an officer through Infantry OCS (Officer Candidate School), served in Vietnam from December 1966 until July 1968 as an infantry platoon leader with the 9th Division, a combat advisor to the first Thai regiment deployed to Vietnam, and as a staff officer with the 5th Special Forces. Joe is also a member of the Vietnam Veterans of Diablo Valley, and his peers supported him in his decision to return to Vietnam 54 years later.
Joe recalls his evening in Hue, read more…