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Work Vessels For Vets, Inc., delivers a new tractor to severely wounded Marine

Work Vessels For Vets, Inc., delivers a new tractor to severely wounded Marine

On June 3, 2017, severely injured US Marine Corporal Sean Adams of Maysville, Georgia received a special delivery from Work Vessels for Vets, Inc., a Connecticut-based nonprofit that equips America’s veteran-entrepreneurs with the tools they need for self-employment.  Work Vessels for Vets, Inc. using funds from an anonymous donor, purchased a specially adapted John Deere tractor valued at $60,000 to help Sean manage his 67 acre farm.  A recipient of the Purple Heart from injuries sustained in Afghanistan, he recently moved into his Smart Home built by RISE and the Gary Sinese Foundation.                         


“I am so grateful for this unbelievable tractor!  Thank you again for the assistance with regaining my independence back. It’s just what I need to help me maintain my farm for as long as my body is able,” said Adams to the crowd of former comrades, friends and family at his Maysville, Georgia farm.

“Our mission is to offer a “Hand UP” and our gratitude to returning veterans who are moving from combat to civilian life, often coping with severe war injuries,” noted Cathy Cook, Executive Director of Work Vessels for Vets. “We are so pleased to help Sean and other veterans to succeed in their business ventures. Often we find that a small investment on our part leads to greater independence and a fulfilling future.”

It has been a long road back from Afghanistan for Adams. On the morning of February 10, 2012, Sean was in Helmand Province, Afghanistan on a reconnaissance patrol, searching for improvised explosive devices (IEDs). According to his description of that day, Sean spotted the indicators marking one nearby.  He was unaware, however, of the IED two feet in front of him. The blast took both of Sean’s legs above the knee, injured his right and left hands as well as his right arm. He also partially lost vision in his left eye. 

Founder John Niekrash shared, “Since 2008, Work Vessels for Vets has equipped over 1600 returning veterans in 48 states with tools for self-employment valued at over $1.6 million.”   WVFV, a 501-c-3 public charity, achieved the coveted 2016 Top Rated Non Profit from Great NonProfits and also earned the highest Platinum Guide Star rating for transparency, integrity and efficient use of donor funds. 95% of all donations go directly to veteran support.  Learn more about them at www.WVFV.org

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