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Ron Parmalee inspects Bud Lift 1 in Helena, Mont.
Reprinted from PN September 2001

Equipment donations help make the Disabled Sportsmen's Access Act a reality.

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On June 18, the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) donated two Huntmaster elevating stands—valued at about $15,000—to help Missouri's sportsmen and -women with disabilities enjoy outdoor recreational activities. This action was possible as a result of a $100,000 grant from Anheuser-Busch Corporation earlier this year to support PVA's sports programs.

Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., received the Huntmasters, dubbed "Bud Lift 1" and "Bud Lift 2." This is the nation's first military base to have two Huntmaster units. Providing wheelchair platforms for enjoying the outdoors, the lifts are designed to make wildlife viewing and hunting easier. Electronically operated, they move by means of hydraulic pumps.

PVA directly supports the Disabled Sportsmen's Access Act of 1998, a law that established a mechanism by which outdoor recreation programs on military installations will be accessible to all people with disabilities. These opportunities will allow access to nearly 30-million acres of military lands for fishing, hunting, trapping, wildlife viewing, boating, and camping.

Anheuser-Busch was among the many corporations that pledged their support to urge this legislation's passage. The corporation is the first to provide financial support to programs dedicated to assisting people the law affects.

PVA also provided adaptive equipment to the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks: a $20,000 portable hunting blind for sportsmen and -women with disabilities.

West Virginia's Hunter Safety Education Program also got a boost: two hydraulic wheelchair lifts/tree stands and eight pop-up ground blinds for special-needs education. When not scheduled as instructional tools, the equipment will be available to people with disabilities for other uses such as bird watching and photography.

PVA also gave one lift each to Fort Sill, Okla., and Fort A.P. Hill (W.Va.). In conjunction with Anheuser-Busch, the organization has planned adaptive-equipment donations to additional military bases and state wildlife agencies.

The "game" has indeed begun.

Contacts:

Huntmaster, New Heights Inc., (800) 826-2844

PVA Sports, (800) 424-8200 / (202) 872-1300 / www.pva.org

Articles on hunting opportunities for people with special needs, www.xoutdoors.com

 

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