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Macon Chronicle-Herald - Macon, MO
  • Injured soldier prepares to receive Segway

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  • On May 29 of this year Dalton Clemons life changed forever. Dalton, 21, stepped on an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) while serving our county in the United States Army infantry in Afghanistan. He lost his right leg above the kneecap and his left leg below the kneecap.
     Jim and Delores Thrasher of Leonard are Dalton's step-grandparents.  The Thrasher’s daughter, Sharon Clemons is Dalton’s step-mother.  
    Dalton’s father, Doug Clemons said that IED’s,  or as many call them, roadside bombs are responsible for multiple injuries to soldiers.
    Dalton was in two hospitals while in Afghanistan, was taken to a hospital in Germany and, then finally brought back to the U.S.
    “He had around two or three surgeries a month at first,” said  Doug. “Many were minor, just cleaning up the wounds, but it was still considered surgery.”
    Before he could be fitted for  his prostheses the wounds needed to be completely healed and infection free.
    Dalton and his wife Emily are from Cameron, but are currently residing in Texas where he is receiving  treatment and rehabilitation at Brooke Army Medical Center for the Intrepid at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.  
    Doug said that Dalton will be getting mechanical knees in the future that will make it easier for him to get around.
    “He got off his pain medication pretty quick,” said Doug. “He loves to go to gun and knife shows, but with the prostheses it is tough to walk distances or stand for long periods of time.”
    Soon Dalton’s mobility will be getting easier. He will join the nearly 1,100 servicemen and women who have been awarded a Segway by the Segs4Vets program.
    A Segway is a motorized two-wheeled, self-balancing personal transport that enables the user more independence and freedom of movement.
    Segs4Vets provides Segways to servicemen and women who have lost limbs or suffered extensive soft tissue and muscle injuries, traumatic burns, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries or other neurological injuries and disorders.
    A Segway costs approximately $10,000 and is not covered by military insurance. Segs4Vets provides them at no cost to the recipient.
    Dalton will undergo a period of training to learn to operate the Segway.
    “It will be owned by Dalton and Segs4Vets,” said Doug. “Their only condition is that it would returned to them if not needed.”
    Dalton’s road to receiving a Segway began locally. Linda Wilson of Atlanta is a second cousin to Sharon Clemons.
    “Following Dalton's injury Sharon posted on Facebook asking for prayers,” said Linda. “I reposted her request on the Mt.Zion Church Group’s  prayer chain.”
    Page 2 of 3 - Macon Atlanta-State Bank is a long-time supporter of  Seg4Vets, so when Andee Bush,  the bank vice-president of marketing saw the prayer group post she shared the information with bank executive vice-president Scott Nelson.
    Nelson serves on the advisory board of Segs4Vets. Through Wilson, he made contact with Dalton’s family to let them know about Segs4Vets services and to assist them in getting the application process started.
    In November, Nelson also met with Dalton and several family members at the Thrasher’s home in Leonard to give them a first-hand demonstration of a Segway.
    “Through fundraising efforts, donations and matching funds of $3,500 from Macon Atlanta-Bank and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines we have raised close to $20,000 for Segs4Vets this year,” said Nelson.  “We will continue to take donations any time at the bank.”
    Donations are tax deductible and may also be made online at www.segs4vets.org.
    On May 29 of this year Dalton Clemons life changed forever. Dalton, 21, stepped on an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) while serving our county in the United States Army infantry in Afghanistan. He lost his right leg above the kneecap and his left leg below the kneecap.
    Jim and Delores Thrasher of Leonard are Dalton's step-grandparents.  The Thrasher’s daughter, Sharon Clemons is Dalton’s step-mother.  
    Dalton’s father, Doug Clemons said that IED’s,  or as many call them, roadside bombs are responsible for multiple injuries to soldiers.Dalton was in two hospitals while in Afghanistan, was taken to a hospital in Germany and, then finally brought back to the U.S.
    “He had around two or three surgeries a month at first,” said  Doug. “Many were minor, just cleaning up the wounds, but it was still considered surgery.”
    Before he could be fitted for  his prostheses the wounds needed to be completely healed and infection free.
    Dalton and his wife Emily are from Cameron, but are currently residing in Texas where he is receiving  treatment and rehabilitation at Brooke Army Medical Center for the Intrepid at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.  
    Doug said that Dalton will be getting mechanical knees in the future that will make it easier for him to get around.
    “He got off his pain medication pretty quick,” said Doug. “He loves to go to gun and knife shows, but with the prostheses it is tough to walk distances or stand for long periods of time.”
    Soon Dalton’s mobility will be getting easier. He will join the nearly 1,100 servicemen and women who have been awarded a Segway by the Segs4Vets program.
    Page 3 of 3 - A Segway is a motorized two-wheeled, self-balancing personal transport that enables the user more independence and freedom of movement.
    Segs4Vets provides Segways to servicemen and women who have lost limbs or suffered extensive soft tissue and muscle injuries, traumatic burns, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries or other neurological injuries and disorders.
    A Segway costs approximately $10,000 and is not covered by military insurance. Segs4Vets provides them at no cost to the recipient.
    Dalton will undergo a period of training to learn to operate the Segway.
    “It will be owned by Dalton and Segs4Vets,” said Doug. “Their only condition is that it would returned to them if not needed.”
    Dalton’s road to receiving a Segway began locally. Linda Wilson of Atlanta is a second cousin to Sharon Clemons.
    “Following Dalton's injury Sharon posted on Facebook asking for prayers,” said Linda. “I reposted her request on the Mt.Zion Church Group’s  prayer chain.”
    Macon Atlanta-State Bank is a long-time supporter of  Seg4Vets, so when Andee Bush,  the bank vice-president of marketing saw the prayer group post she shared the information with bank executive vice-president Scott Nelson.
    Nelson serves on the advisory board of Segs4Vets. Through Wilson, he made contact with Dalton’s family to let them know about Segs4Vets services and to assist them in getting the application process started.
    In November, Nelson also met with Dalton and several family members at the Thrasher’s home in Leonard to give them a first-hand demonstration of a Segway.
    “Through fundraising efforts, donations and matching funds of $3,500 from Macon Atlanta-Bank and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines we have raised close to $20,000 for Segs4Vets this year,” said Nelson.  “We will continue to take donations any time at the bank.”
    Donations are tax deductible and may also be made online at www.segs4vets.org.
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