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Missouri Veteran Honored with Vehicle During KC Air Show

July 6, 2021 GMT

LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo., July 06, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Wounded Warriors Family Support presented U.S. Marine Sgt. Dustin Johns of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, with a 2021 Ford Explorer as part of its Mobility is Freedom program during the KC Air Show on the Fourth of July.

A technician with the 2nd Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, Johns was clearing an area of explosive hazards in the Sangin Valley of Afghanistan when he stepped on an improvised explosive device on Nov. 12, 2011. This resulted in the traumatic amputation of both legs and two fingers on Johns’ right hand.

After doctors performed life-saving surgeries at Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan, Johns was transported to Landstuhl, Germany, then flown to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. After just seven weeks of intensive therapies, Johns was ready for his first step on prosthetics.

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Johns is pursuing a mechanical engineering degree. He also plans to obtain a master’s degree in prosthetics and orthotics.

Johns enjoys playing golf, disc golf, hiking, skiing, scuba diving and spending time with his two children – Piper and William.

Wounded Warriors Family Support launched Mobility is Freedom in 2015 to provide modified Ford vehicles for combat-wounded veterans. The program aims to enhance the quality of life for combat-wounded veterans by providing freedom and independence in their everyday lives.

Johns will have his Ford Explorer modified at a later date.

“Our belief is that given a properly equipped vehicle for their individual needs, combat-wounded veterans will have the freedom to live a productive and quality life with their family,” Wounded Warriors Family Support CEO and President Kate McCauley said.

This year, Wounded Warriors Family Support plans to honor seven combat-wounded veterans with mobility-equipped vehicles.

About Wounded Warriors Family Support
Wounded Warriors Family Support  is an independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide support to the families of those who have been wounded, injured, or killed during combat operations. This organization is run by combat veterans for combat veterans. Rated a four-star nonprofit by Charity Navigator,  Wounded Warriors Family Support  aids veterans and their families in healing the wounds that medicine cannot. For more information about Wounded Warriors Family Support, visit www.wwfs.org.

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