Wounded veterans take to Wausau kayak challenge

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WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) – A nonprofit group is giving wounded veterans a chance to trade their wheelchairs for specially outfitted kayaks this weekend in Wausau.

A Daily Herald Media report says about a dozen veterans participated in the outing at Wausau Whitewater Park on Saturday.

It was organized by Team River Runner, which was founded 10 years ago in Washington, D.C., and now has chapters across the country.

Ken Braband helps run the group’s Milwaukee chapter. He says a veteran who can’t walk or who needs a walker can get a real thrill out of riding on rushing water.

Army veteran Terrence Green of Bay View suffered a neck injury two years ago that robbed him of most of the feeling below his waist. He says kayaking has helped him exercise and lose weight.

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