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Texas Wounded Veteran Gets Custom Motorcycle

Updated: Tuesday, August 5 2014, 09:17 AM CDT
SAN ANTONIO (KENS)-- A retired Army Special Forces Staff Sergeant says a foundation that provides for soldiers and their families, helped him custom design his new three wheeled motorcycle.

The brand new trike makes it possible for veteran Roland Paquette to ride again.  "Essentially, I don't 'have to do anything with my legs whatsoever," Paquette said.

In December 2005, Paquette was injured by a road-side IED while serving in Afghanistan.  "I remember like it was yesterday. All the details. It was slow motion. I ended up being a bi-lateral amputee when it was all said and done. "

The Matthew Pacino Memorial Foundation and The Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association-Massachusetts Chapter not only designed but paid for his new trike.

"We all understand for those who ride, the importance of two wheel therapy.  But, he shouldn't be denied that feeling because he lost his legs. It's what we do. The motto of our organization is vets helping vets. We just try to live by that creed," said Chris Aker.

"They did it really with no strings attached. It's just amazing," Paquette said. He says the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association-San Antonio Chapter was also there. Texas Wounded Veteran Gets Custom Motorcycle


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