American Legion Auxiliary donates to purchase veteran special chair
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Posing with Sgt. Brian Robbins are Myrtle Bryant, membership chairman; Geneva Petitt, National Executive Committeewoman, and Renee Lynn, Unit 79 American Legion Auxiliary president.
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The Tennessee American Legion Auxiliary recently purchased a Track Chair for a Tennessee veteran disabled in the line of duty, according to Charlotte Conners, state president.

A Track Chair is the ultimate in off-road wheelchairs which will allow its recipient to stay on hard surfaces or off-road.

The local auxiliary units raised $12,595 to purchase the chair. During the recent state convention in Knoxville, the chair was presented to Sgt. Brian Robbins of Maryville.

Robbins, a native of Maryville, has a wife and twin boys.

He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 2007. Following recruitment training and the School of Combat Engineering, he was assigned to the 4th Combat Engineer Battalion in Knoxville.

Between 2008 and 2011, Sgt. Robbins was deployed three times to serve in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Eastern Storm.

He was severely wounded two weeks after being assigned to Bravo Company. While on foot patrol, he sustained an amputation above the knee on his right leg.

He spent seven months at Walter Reed National Minitari Medical Center for physical therapy learning to walk. His personal decorations included the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon and two Navy Achievement medals.

The Meigs County American Legion Auxiliary Unit 79 donated the funds to the cause.

Geneva Petitt, past department president, member of Unit 79 and National Executive Committee member, spoke at the National Guard Armory in Cleveland. Several donate to the cause.