INJURED ARMY CAPTAIN CELEBRATES GIFT OF UTV FROM WORK VESSELS FOR VETS
“THANK YOU again for all of your help with getting a UTV for my farm. I am grateful beyond words!” exclaimed Captain (US Army ret.) Frank Ritz of Barnardsville, North Carolina. These words of appreciation are all that is expected by Work Vessels for Vets each time the all-volunteer charity gives equipment to a new veteran-owned business.
Gather Heritage Farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina has been a dream of Army Captain Frank Ritz and his family since his injuries in Iraq earned a Bronze Star but resulted in 100% disability rating and medical retirement from the Army. His passion for fellow veterans coping with war-related conditions, coupled with the therapeutic capabilities of hard, yet rewarding work on a farm forms his plan to be an incubator for veterans and also to help those moving from active military service.
“Captain Ritz’s injuries made it difficult to manage his acreage. Walking long distances, up and down his land in the foothills outside Asheville, NC was taking a heavy toll on his bruised body. The one piece of equipment he needed to realize his dream and to jump start his plan to offer agri-therapy to fellow injured veterans was an all-terrain vehicle,” said Cathy Cook, Executive Director of Work Vessels for Vets of Mystic, CT.
Cook added, “I am always amazed at the goodwill of Americans. When we found a suitable used UTV at Liberty Cycle in Hinesville, Georgia, the owner John Jenkinson immediately discounted the Polaris UTV, and then offered to drive the trailer himself to deliver it over 250 miles away! It arrived last week to an overwhelmed and very grateful Captain Ritz.”
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