Vet repairs equipment for disabled

By Thomas Garcia Quay County Sun

The disabled in Tucumcari have benefited from more than a dozen aids, such as wheel chairs, walkers, and other equipment donated a Clovis veteran and benefactor.

James Freeman of Clovis calls it his “Aid to the Disabled Program.”

“James originally started the program to collect medical equipment for disabled veterans,” said Keith Barker of Clovis who is the acting exalted ruler for the Elks Lodge 1244 in Clovis, which helps sponsor Freeman’s efforts.

Freeman has been collecting, repairing and distributing medical equipment that has been donated by individuals and businesses.
“He is not doing this just for veterans but all disabled people in need,” Barker said.

Freeman said he began the program three months ago, distributing more than 200 mission statements to help spread the word for his cause.

“I myself am a veteran who was injured and disabled after leaving the service and my left leg was amputated,” Freeman said. “I am working to help other disabled and handicapped people around the area.”

Freeman said he has collected and distributed 27 pieces of equipment to people living in Clovis, Portales and Tucumcari.
“My goal is to have the program expand as far north as Clayton, all the way down to Hobbs,” Freeman said.

Freeman encourages donations, no matter the condition of the equipment.

“I can repair a lot of the equipment and if it can’t be repaired, the parts can be salvaged,” he said.

“I’ll try to get down to Tucumcari as often as possible to pick up donations,” Freeman said.

How to donate: Contact James Freeman at (505) 791-7859 or the VFW Post 2528, 105 E. Main St., Tucumcari, at 461-3061.

Equipment needed:
• Wheelchairs
• Walkers
• Crutches
• Adult potty chairs
• Bath stools