Rancho Santa Fe Republican Women Federated collecting donations to help fund all-terrain wheelchairs for military amputee veterans


The Rancho Santa Fe Republican Women, Fed. 2013 board recently approved the suggestion of its chaplain, Susan Bailey Cowan, to raise funds to purchase one or more “Action Trackchairs,” all-terrain wheelchairs. This is in support of military amputee veterans – a small way of saying “Thank You” to these heroes.

According to Hannah Fischer of the Congressional Research Service, there are nearly 1,725 American military veterans of conflicts from 2000 through December 2012 with “minor limb” (including partial foot) and “major limb” amputations (legs).

Action Manufacturing of Marshall, Minn. ( developed “Action Trackchair” for “people who want… the freedom to venture off into new terrain.” Formerly active military men and women can again enjoy doing things conventional wheelchairs can not provide: The ability to go to the beach, explore “mountain roads, campgrounds, the woods… snow or mud.”

Rancho Santa Fe Republican Women Fed. members want to reserve at least one Action Trackchair for one or more of America’s many Wounded Warriors for delivery by Christmas.

Each Trackchair is custom-made to the specifications of the veteran in need. They cost between $10,200 (basic 37”-43” models) to $13,500 (with many accessories and options, including head rest, extra 20 amp. battery charger, and specialized Trackchair carrier (for car or truck).

If you would like to donate $30, 100, 250, or more to this worthwhile cause or would like more information, please let Nick Dieterich know: 858-756-4501 or

Demand is outpacing supply as there are only a few constructed models available at this time. (Currently each custom-made Trackchair takes five months to build from purchase to delivery.)

Please make checks payable to “The RSF Republican Women, Fed.” On the memo line write: “TrackChair.” Send checks to Post Office Box 1195, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067.