My Veteran/husband's exercise trike

$515 of $1,819 goal

Raised by 12 people in 8 months
Ani Nitah G-Colberg  CLERMONT, FL
Hi, my name is Gretchen Gautier-Gutierrez. I am the proud wife of a US Army Vet. Not only is he A hero, but he is MY hero. He served 23 years and volunteered for all his deployments, not only to serve his country, but to provide for his family. He is an amazing father, husband, and human being. 
He has been medically retired due to injuries suffered in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.





The list of his conditions goes on forever, and has been deemed over 100% disabled. He has come a long way since 2009 when he had to be medically evacuated from Afghanistan and after a long wait for him to finally make it home by 2010. 

He has gone through physical therapy, aquatic therapy, psychological therapy, doctor's appointments, exams, clinics, specialists. And he has come a long way health-wise in this past year. From starting to excersize (walking. Taken for granted by many of us), to losing weight (gained through forced inactivity and medication side effects,) to taking on challenges like going out in public. 

Among his conditions, there's PTSD, agoraphobia, and limited movement of neck, left shoulder, lower back, hips, and right knee, due to a vehicular crash (Humvee, total loss). 

He has been considering joining a program offered by the VA which he would benefit greatly from. Not only it's the FIRST time since he came home that he considers a challenge (other than his therapies) that requires not only physical activity but mental challenge, but it's the first time an activity is taking him outside the house and helps him feel less alone, since he will be making friends with other vets in his same situation. 

This program requires that he owns a bike. Their funds are limited and they don't provide the bikes. Due to my heroe's back, neck, hips and shoulder conditions, he can't ride a regular stand up bike. His wish is for a laid-back tricycle (encumbent) in which he can not only train, but eventually join A RACING TEAM. Guys, THIS IS BIG!!! 

He doesn't know I'm doing this because he'd rather go back to war than ask anyone for anything, but I guess he'll eventually find out. LOVE YOU, HON! 
Please help me help him!! Our financial situation is dire!! And this would mean the world to us. As a hero, he deserves this little thank-you gift, don't you think? 

Thank you for whatever amount you can give, and if none, thank you for sharing this campaign. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

This is the website from which we will be ordering: bikemania.biz, and he needs the KMX Cobra 24 speed, with some additions because of his limitations. 
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Sending you all love and gratitude!!
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Update 3
Posted by Ani Nitah G-Colberg
8 months ago
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We are doing this. We are really doing this!! Thank you!!! Please keep sharing this.
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Update 2
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8 months ago
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www.va.gov › adaptivesports

Results identified significant pre and posttest differences in psychological health, overall quality of life, mood states including tension, depression, anger, and vigor, and sports related competence. The results highlight the impact that therapeutic adaptive sports and recreation programs potentially have for combat veterans in areas of quality of life, reduction of mood disturbances, and sports related competence.



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Update 1
Posted by Ani Nitah G-Colberg
8 months ago
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Thank you, friends. We are grateful beyond measure for what we've achieved so far. This means so much more than just a tricycle. This is new purpose in life.

Many of our soldiers come back home, retire, and fall into a state of nothingness. Words like "useless" and "worthless" are thrown around by men and women who had one of the most important purposes in their lives and come back injured and clueless as to what a "normal life" feels like, and what they're supposed to do with it.

It's a 180* change. Their experiences of purpose having been so intense, peace doesn't come easy. A lot of people say "you should be glad to be home," yes, but 'now what?'

Big changes, challenges and acomplishments help these vets who never were ready to retire. Specially the young and injured.

Let me assure you that we have contacted prganizations dedicated to help veterand with such things and we have been turned down because of LACK OF FUNDS. They survive on donations. Some are being misused, some are just not coming in. Some people put a sticker on their car that says support our troops, and move on.

I don't know how else to explain that this is not a bored child askng for a toy. And I have even less words for thanking those who understand and have/are helping us achieve this.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you. We can do this. Let's get going!
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$515 of $1,819 goal

Raised by 12 people in 8 months
Created July 6, 2016
Ani Nitah G-Colberg  
LR
$50
Leonel Rodriguez
7 months ago
$50
Rolando Baez
8 months ago

Hopefully you will be ok

ZT
$50
Zac TFL
8 months ago
KM
$25
Kirsten and Earl Martindale
8 months ago
$50
Anonymous
8 months ago
CG
$20
Charles Gomez
8 months ago
$20
Michael Paul
8 months ago
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$50
Alberto Ramirez
8 months ago
$100
Anonymous
8 months ago
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$30
Barnaby Ore
8 months ago
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