Florida Georgia Line Helps Veteran Regain Independence With Track Chair Donation
In 2010, now-Retired U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Shane Savage drove over an IED and lost his leg while based in Afghanistan. It’s been a long road to recovery since that time, but Savage has since regained some independence back into his life. While he’s able to get around well enough, there were still some environmental challenges he faced that would not allow him and his wheelchair to get through… that is, until now.
With the help of Florida Georgia Line and the Independence Fund, an organization that helps severely wounded veterans regain control of their lives, Savage was gifted a track chair, enabling him to do many of the things he wasn’t previously able to do.
“It really helps him keep interacting with us outside, us and our little brother,” Savage’s daughter Ameliea said during an appearance on FOX & Friends. “It keeps him up and out, because he does not like being trapped in the house. It’s just wonderful because we have land and we have horses and now he can go out and experience that with us.”
For the second time during our tour we were able to partner with @theindependencefundinc to provide an all-terrain wheelchair to a #woundedveteran. Truly blessed to be able to present a chair to retired Army Staff Sergeant Shane Savage. The Independence Fund is doing great work y'all. Check ‘em out at www.independencefund.org #digyourroots
The gift from the country superstar duo came as a surprise to Savage, who only expected to be attending the concert.
“About a week prior, I got an invitation from Independence Fund to go to the concert and I thought I was just going to be attending a concert. About four days prior, they contacted me and said ‘Hey, Florida Georgia Line wants to do a presentation with you and donate the chair directly to you at the concert,’” Savage explained. “It was an emotional experience to have that type of opportunity to be able to participate in something of that nature. To be able to represent my fellow amputees and fellow veterans and to be able to do it on national TV is just such an honor to be able to do.”
Watch the full interview with Savage and his daughters, Ameliea and Jada, on FOX & Friends above. For more information about the Independence Fund, visit independencefund.org.
Florida Georgia Line is currently preparing for the June kick-off of their highly-anticipated Smooth Tour, featuring Nelly and Chris Lane. The duo will soon head to Las Vegas for the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards, where they will perform their latest smash “God, Your Mama, and Me” with the Backstreet Boys. In addition, they are nominated for awards in five categories, including Entertainer of the Year.