September 25, 2015 | 9:53 am | By Pants Up Easy
If you’re a veteran, let me first say: Thank you very much for your service. Veterans are some of our bravest and most selfless souls, and yet we don’t do nearly enough to help them once they return from overseas. Unfortunately, due to two wars, we’ve got plenty of veterans coming back to life in the States – and some of them have come back with new disabilities. According to the website Disabled World, there are at least 3.4 million veterans with service-connected disabilities, including numerous new wheelchair users.
But I’m bringing a message of positivity to you today. In my own little way, I want to provide a brief service to veterans. I want to help you have an easier life here in the US, especially if you’re in a wheelchair. Here are three wheelchair accessories you should consider if you’re a veteran;
An American Flag
This little touch won’t really provide any assistance, but it may make those around you be a bit more considerate of your space and needs. We generally respect and honor veterans when we can, and a small flag may help send that message to those nearby. I don’t know about you, but I support anything that will make people be a bit more courteous!
A comfortable wheelchair cushion
It doesn’t matter if you’re a veteran or not, every wheelchair user could use a good cushion underneath them. The wheelchair cushion market has exploded, with dozens of different designs coming in all manner of shapes and sizes. The type of cushion you get is up to you and your comfort needs, but a word of advice: quality costs money, and if you want your cushion to last, you’ll have to pay for a slightly more expensive cushion. It will be worth it in the long run.
A wheelchair ramp
Not everyone is able to make their home accessible to folks in wheelchairs, which is why it helps to have your own portability accessibility – in the form of a ramp. You can purchase a portable ramp to take with you on trips, in case there are some stairs or a raised platform you need to navigate. There are ramps meant for thresholds, some used for boarding vehicles, and others that are foldable and transportable. You can find a nice selection of ramps here.