Perspective: John Pettit of the Western Slope Veterans Coalition attended the National Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Convention in New Orleans. He took this photo showing three Vietnam war disabled veterans in chairs. Two are triple amputees and one is a double amputee (legs). The fourth disabled veteran in a chair is now-past National Commander Dave Riley, a quadruple amputee. Riley lost his limbs due to a bacterium, which he contracted as a rescue swimmer with the U.S. Coast Guard, that went sepsis. As national commander of the DAV, Riley spoke at Glenwood Springs High School during the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic in Snowmass last March. Pettit says this photo is a simple reminder that some things are for life, while some, albeit frustrating, are a short-term inconvenience.
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