A welcome gesture for grounded vet
FELIX Jenkins is back on track less than a week after his motorised scooter was stolen and trashed.
The 93-year-old World War II veteran yesterday received a loan scooter from Tweed Heads store Walk on Wheels before he receives a brand new one in the coming days courtesy of the Department of Veteran Affairs.
Mr Jenkins was the victim of a senseless crime early Friday morning when thieves stole his motorised scooter, his only mode of transportation, from the back of his Kingscliff unit.
It was found destroyed the next day after it had been driven into nearby Cudgen Creek.
“I wish to thank the Veterans Affairs Tweed Heads branch, Walk on Wheels and the Tweed Daily News for all their help in this matter,” Mr Jenkins said.
“I'm glad this sort of help is available to a veteran such as myself.
“I'm going to have to buy a big thick chain now so I can lock it up.”
Mr Jenkins said he was impressed with his temporary transportation.
“This one has a charger built in, my old one didn't have that,” he said.
The new scooter should arrive by early next week.
A spokeswoman from the Department of Veteran Affairs said they were advised of Mr Jenkins' predicament on Monday.
“The Department was able to work with the local scooter supplier to arrange for a replacement scooter for Mr Jenkins and provide him with a temporary scooter until the new one is delivered.
“The Department has also arranged for an occupational therapist to visit Mr Jenkins to ensure the scooter has the necessary features for his needs.
“We will ensure he is confident in the use of his new scooter.”
Mr Jenkins' new scooter was provided by the Rehabilitation Appliances Program, which provides aid and appliances to eligible members of the veteran community.