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Local veteran receives new wheelchair to gain self-confidence

WICHITA FALLS - New technology and equipment are changing the way wheelchair users live their lives, and on Saturday, April 14, Stand Up and Play Foundation founder Anthony Netto held a demonstration of his invention the 'paramobile' and introduced local veteran Jim Jordan, who was receiving the chair. 

Netto is a Marine veteran who's been using a wheelchair since the early 1990s and is using the 'paramobile' as a way to give back to fellow veterans.

Netto said the chair allows individuals a certain freedom to stand up, play sports and engage with others.

"Being a crazy golfer, as well as skeet and trapshoot, you've got to do things outdoors and obviously, standing up is the best way to do it," Netto said. "And unfortunately, there hasn't been many ways of doing it. Standing frames and standing tables, they're all motivation when you're in the hospital, but when you leave, the trouble starts."

Netto said the 'paramobile' is not only beneficial for the body's physical problems but is also a way to mentally help people gain more self-confidence. 

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