Glenwood veteran hoping to help buy a recreational electric bike | news
(Glenwood) — A veteran of KMAland is hoping for some public support to help him return to his outdoor passion.
James Dooley, an Omaha native and Glenwood resident, has started a GoFundMe page to help purchase Rungoo electric bikes for outdoor activities, including hunting and fishing. Dooley served in the United States Marine Corps for approximately 14 years beginning in 2002, including five deployments in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2011, initially working as a Motor T mechanic and later Working as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician in Dooley moved to Glenwood two years ago with his family, including two children. Dooley told KMA News that the outdoors has always been a mental escape for her.
“It’s one of those things that’s always been something that helps me relax and I’ve always enjoyed it and it’s my getaway,” Dooley said. “I’ve also been diagnosed with very bad[post traumatic stress disorder]and it really helps to soothe all those issues.”
Dooley says he often hosted several other veterans at his home, where he often went fishing in the colder months—which he sees as a huge mental benefit to him and other veterans.
However, since 2015 when Dooley was medically retired from the Marine Corps, chronic back issues, including two surgeries and a possible third, have greatly limited his abilities to participate in those various activities.
“Because of this it is really, really difficult to enjoy anything – especially hunting,” Dooley explained. “Just moving the gear and then if I really had to shoot a deer and get it back – I just can’t physically do it.”
After a good amount of research and review, Dooley says that the Rungu bike will be of great help to him in many recreational activities.
“It’s a two-wheeled bike with thick tires that’s single-wheeled at the front and then at the rear, but its stability is unmatched as far as electric bikes go,” he said. “It’s capable of pulling a small trailer with it that will be able to haul my gear and deer if I go hunting and it can also pull my ice fishing shack.”
After realizing that the idea of asking for help from the general public might not be the best received offer due to the large cost initially, Dooley was surprised by the amount of support.
“I’ve got more support than I expected,” Dooley said. “Some of it is my family, but in the last two or three days I’ve been getting a lot of support and donations from people I don’t even know who they are, with a lot of small donations – that Totally has been awesome because I honestly didn’t expect it.”
Dooley’s GoFundMe page is available Here, On this Veterans Day, Dooley says he appreciates the thanks he has received and thanks everyone who is currently serving — especially the older generation, including Vietnam War-era veterans. Huh.
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