Sep 17, 2012 10:54 PM by Steven Albritton

A Breaux Bridge Veteran Loses His WheelChair, Hoping For Return

Emile Olivier was driving to his son's house last Thursday when he hit a pothole. The impact forced the chair off the back of his vehicle but he was unaware it was gone until he got home. When he called the police they told him a wrecker service did see it, but did not stop to pick it up. Police were unable to get to in time before someone in the Cecilia area picked it up.

The news of Olivier losing his chair spread quickly. The family has received numerous calls from people across Acadiana offering him a chair. A woman from Jeanerette donated the chair he is currently using. The mass showing of community support gave one of Olivier's sons an idea.

"If their are maybe chairs out there that are not being utilized maybe it's time that we try to get something going," Don Olivier said.

He hopes to start a organization where veterans with wheelchair needs could go if they needed the extra assistance.

"These guys have surely paid our dues. That's why we're here today and living the free life that we do and enjoy the freedoms we have."

Emile Olivier hopes his sons idea will be successful in giving back to Acadiana; because Acadiana reached out to him in his time of need.

"I hope he does. A lot of people like me are in need and can't afford it."

Olivier is still holding out hope someone will turn in his old chair. He is very appreciative of the donated chair, but the one he lost he's had for more than a year and fits perfectly into his home.

"I do wish I'd get it back in a way because I was so used to it. I love my chair."


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