Washington, D.C.- There are millions of Iraqi people that today live in freedom and democracy because of the actions of the United States Military. They have worked to help support and provide services as the nation changed from a dictatorship under Saddam Hussein to a representative democracy with elected leaders.
Recently there were 25 wheelchairs that were provided to members of the Babil Rehabilitation Center. They were provided by members of the United States military Babil Provincial Reconstruction team (PRT) and a number of groups in the United States.
The Wheelchairs are the first 25 of a possible 2,000 that are scheduled to be given to needy Iraqi people through the efforts of the PRT military soldiers and troops.
According to Captain Pam Foley for the Army Hillah Civil Affair unit, the chair will include about 500 standard wheelchairs, and 1,500 chair known as ?Rough Riders? that are designed for much of the rugged and rough terrain in Iraq.
Donations such as this are designed to help make Iraqi Patients more self sufficient, according to Lieutenant Colonel Doil O,Steen. ?We want to help citizens of Babil have productive lives,? said Colonel O?Steen.