Wounded Warriors receive Segways

Ceremony held aboard USS Midway

SAN DIEGO - More than two dozen injured military veterans received a big gift Wednesday during an emotional ceremony aboard the USS Midway.

During the ceremony on the ship's flight deck, the 26 combat vets who served in Iraq and Afghanistan were presented with Segway vehicles.

Jerry Kerr started the nonprofit group Segs4Vets in 2005. The organization has since received the Spirit of Hope Award from the Secretary of Defense.

Kerr injured his neck while diving in 1998 and was told he would not walk again.

"When the Segway came along, I found something I could get around in standing," Kerr explained. "The difference it makes in life is unbelievable."

Kerr gets along just fine, and quite quickly, on his Segway.

He has worked as a volunteer to donate 1,100 of them to military members with disabilities.

Retired Marine Michael Fox was one of the recipients. 10News has been following his progress since he returned early from combat.

On November 15, 2011, Fox was on a security patrol in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, when he stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED). He lost his legs and his ability to get around. He lost a sense of freedom while fighting for our country's freedom.

Fox spent the past year focusing on re-learning to walk and helping fellow wounded Marines. Fox created a group called The Wounded Marine Fund to help other veterans.

10News was there as Fox took some of his first slow steps using prosthetics. Now, he is grateful he can zip around at 12 mph for up to 24 miles. He said it has helped him regain that freedom and restore some mobility.

"These young men and women are disabled as a result of defending our nation … taking care of us," Kerr said.

Kerr now seems to get joy out of sharing what helped him so much with others. He said it is unbelievable when you see the young men and women get up for the first time.

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