Driving Independence for a Triple-Amputee Veteran

image-3Christopher Walker joined the Army in 2003 as an explosive ordinance technician. While serving with the 706th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, 303rd EOD Battalion, 45th Sustainment Brigade in Afghanistan, he was attempting to disable an improvised explosive device under a damaged vehicle when a second one went off. He lost both arms and his left leg as a result.  Christopher participated in the Driving Rehabilitation Program at Walter Reed led by Capt. Tammy Phipps. According to Phipps, the driving program is a vital contribution to service members’ independence after an injury, be it physical or invisible. One of the first questions a soldier asks is whether he will be able to drive again.  By teaching service members to drive safely and independently in their own vehicle, they can have their old roles back.  The Given Limb participated in this process by helping  Christopher fund the purchase of this 2015 Toyota Sienna with a power foldout ramp and other adaptive equipment enabling him to have the ability to drive the van himself.