This is Wayne. He’s one of only a handful of people I’ve ever known to hail from North Dakota. He moved to Carson City in 1985 (with a miserable 16-year-old daughter in tow, adds my friend Wendi, the aforementioned daughter).
He likes football, his grandchildren, traveling and watching old Westerns on TV. He loves his Elks Lodge. And helping veterans.
Wayne served in the National Guard for more than four decades, and he has always been an active member in the veteran community. Almost ten years ago, he saw an opportunity to help disabled vets by distributing wheelchairs donated by the community. A friend had called the DAV chapter in Carson City asking if anyone needed a wheelchair. Wayne connected with a veteran in need in a nearby town, and the wheelchair was delivered the next day. Thus the Northern Nevada Wheelchair Program was born.
The nonprofit program, which accepts equipment and monetary donations from the community, has since given out more than 60 power wheelchairs, 75 push wheelchairs, 30 walkers, and numerous canes and crutches. They also have removed and installed 15 vehicle mobility lifts, and they make repairs to equipment.
Wayne says the program has taught him about the goodness of others and their desire to help our country's veterans. And that your contributions don't have to stop once you retire.