Action Trackstander Recipient
All his life, Eric has loved the outdoors. Sometimes it’s just watching and photographing nature; sometimes, he takes his bow or rifle. With access to his grandparent’s old farmhouse and land, Eric spends a lot of time making improvements, planting trees, improving the hunting conditions and enjoying beautiful South Dakota property.
In 1993, when Eric Vetter was 16 years old, a motorcycle accident on loose gravel caused Eric to break his back at T4-5 and become a paraplegic. His journey post-accident was very difficult. After three years of adjusting to his new way of living, Eric made a determined decision to make the best of living in a wheelchair. That is what he tries to do every day. Getting around on the terrain at the farm has been challenging and limiting in a manual wheelchair.
Eric is an advocate with the Mayor’s Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities and is in charge of the American with Disabilities Celebration. He also is active in educating fifth-grade students about disabilities with an interactive station at the local Barrier Awareness Days. Eric is the 2018 recipient of the George award, presented by the Aberdeen Chamber to an individual who has worked tirelessly on behalf of the community to make Aberdeen a better place to live and work.
Eric received his Action Track Stander from American Mobility Project in November 2020. American Mobility Project is excited for Eric to have this new track chair to better access the things he likes to do. We are grateful for people like Eric, who make life better for others in the face of adversity.