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UNIVERSITY CITY, MO (KPLR) - A University City man is having a life changing Christmas this year.   The disabled veteran was given the gift of more independence Wednesday.  John Booker has been limited in his mobility for about 40 years.  The former Marine lost both legs when a land mine exploded in Vietnam.  Friends contacted a group called “The Independence Fund” and  arranged for him to get a new wheelchair, a motorized tracked chair that can go off road.  Booker said, “This chair gives me all the freedom I need.  I can run outside.  I can get out in the yard in winter time, summer time, rain or snow I can go."

John's friend, Scott Gray, headed up the effort to get the new chair.  "John’s been wanting to hunt and do more activities off the pavement and the indy fund was generous enough to donate the chair," gray said.  John Booker says his first outdoor adventure with his new all terrain chair will be to go deer hunting.