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Wheelchair Accessible Picnic Benches Donated to Union Grove Veterans Home

It's something most people never have to think about: how can people who use a wheelchair get easy access to a picnic table?

That was the often-asked question in the Village of Union Grove until the local veterans got a solution on Tuesday.

Thanks to a community effort Coordinated by the Paralyzed Veterans of America organizers unveiled the handicap-accessible picnic tables at the veterans home during an afternoon ceremony.

Fundraisers actually had to turn down money from the community because they had raised enough money for this table in just a few days, Scott Griffith, government relations director for the Wisconsin chapter of Paralyzed Veterans of America, said.

The local high school shop class to designed and assembled the benches which allow space for wheelchairs to fit underneath.

"And he got really excited about the idea. He talked to his kids about it. They got really excited about the idea. And it wasn't long before myself and one of our wheelchair users were at the high school and they were taking measurements ready to build tables," Griffith said.

It's possible more benches could be made for veterans homes in other communities in the future because the effort was so successful in Union Grove, Griffith said.
 

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