Soldier’s wheelchair ramp enables holiday homecoming


Posted on December 21, 2011

Lance Corporal Joshua Misiewicz, 23, was treated at Walter Reed Hospital in Bethesda since stepping on an IED in Afghanistan this past July. This much-viewed photographed features Lance Cpl. Misiewicz while in Sangin, Afghanistan, April 13, 2011, with the 3rd platoon, Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 8.

Amramp of Northern Illinois is proud to be a backdrop to the warm holiday homecoming that greeted Lance. Hundreds of supporters greeted him as he traveled from O’Hare International Airport to his home in La Grange, Ill., just outside Chicago.

Bill Woods, Amramp Northern IL, worked with the nonprofit Operation Homefront to ensure Lance could easily access his home during the holidays after losing both his legs. Bill Woods and his team installed the steel wheelchair ramp with a day’s notice.

The 60-foot ramp easily overcomes the steep flight of steps leading to the home’s front porch. The ramp even performed double-duty as Lance Cpl. Misiewicz spoke to the crowd in this video. His “What a welcome home!” was quickly interrupted by cheers of “Welcome Home!”

Lance will spend two weeks at home with his family. Then he’ll return to Bethesda for more physical therapy. Read more about Lance Cpl. Misiewicz.

Amramp of Northern IL installs wheelchair ramps all across Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin, as well a several counties in Northwestern Indiana, and the major cities of Chicago, Milwaukee, and Madison, Wisconsin, as well as Gary, Indiana.

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