GRIT Freedom Chair for Veterans

Thank you for your service! Veterans around the country are using the GRIT Freedom Chair to move beyond the pavement and we'd love to help you do the same. 

You can obtain your GRIT Freedom Chair through the VA

Rider and marine veteran Bennie in his Freedom Chair.

Rider and marine veteran Bennie in his Freedom Chair.

GRIT is proud to be on contract with the VA’s Federal Supply Schedule (V797D-60697). If you get your healthcare at the VA, you may qualify to receive a chair from the VA at no cost to you.

What is the process for ordering through the VA?

We have learned from working with several VA Medical Centers that the process can vary from one location to another. That said, typically you will need to have an appointment and specifically request the GRIT Freedom Chair from your VA provider. Usually a therapist (Occupational, Physical or Recreational) will do the evaluation. If you see one of those individuals regularly, we recommend approaching them directly. If not, you can ask your Primary Care Physician for a referral.

We have a contract with the VA which makes it a lot easier for them order it. But of course, it's still a process! 

Need some help from GRIT? Here is a brief overview and frequently asked questions from providers that you can carry along to your next appointment if you need additional information about the chair. You can also call us at 877-345-4748 or email info@gogrit.us with any questions.

What if I do not receive my healthcare through the VA?

Minneapolis VA Health Care System's Physical and Occupational Therapists trying the Freedom Chair

Minneapolis VA Health Care System's Physical and Occupational Therapists trying the Freedom Chair

If you do not receive your healthcare at the VA, or you are on a tight timeline for when you will need your all-terrain wheelchair, there are other ways to go about getting a GRIT Freedom Chair.

  1. You can order the GRIT Freedom Chair directly from GRIT using our online checkout or one of our payment plans. We're all about overcoming obstacles, including financial ones, and we're happy to work with you directly. 

  2. Additionally, we have rounded up several organizations that provide grants specifically to veterans to help them purchase adaptive equipment like the GRIT Freedom Chair. Fill out our Grant Finder form and we'll match you with grants you qualify for. 

Key Features and Benefits

We have many veteran riders and VA supporters across that country that love the Freedom Chair for many reason. Below are some key features and benefits of the chair.

Easy to push

Our MIT-designed patented lever drive is easier to push than regular wheelchairs, and way more powerful. We use the properties of levers to give you the benefits of shifting gears on a bike. This means that the GRIT Freedom Chair lets you cruise faster than walking speed on smooth ground, but also gives you the power you need to climb over hills and roll through grass, dirt, and sand.

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Easy to maintain

When we say it’s like a mountain bike for your arms, it really is! Though it does not need frequent maintenance, like any good piece of equipment, it does deserve a tune up every now and again. Because every moving part is an off-the-shelf bike part, this makes for infinite customization and easy maintenance: you can take your Freedom Chair to a bike shop for tune-ups.

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Easy to transport

The GRIT Freedom Chair is the first all-terrain wheelchair that’s just as easy to get to the trail, as it is to use on the trail. The wheels, seatback, and footrest are all quick release, enabling the GRIT Freedom Chair to fit into the trunk of a small car. The chair disassembles in less than a minute, and the more you disassemble the lighter it gets. The weight of the heaviest part to lift into the car is just 25 pounds.

Improved health and fitness

The GRIT Freedom chair provides a low-impact exercise routine that helps with weight loss, strength, and cardiovascular health. Because of the lever drive, there is less strain on the shoulders than other manual chairs.

More access to recreation

The GRIT Freedom Chair was built specifically for outdoor use, so whether you are a beach bum who wants to take the chair to the shore or an adaptive athlete ready to compete, we guarantee our chairs have been there.

Renewed independence

Our riders have a thirst for more independence, and the GRIT Freedom Chair allows them to venture beyond their natural confines. While many riders enjoy adventures with friends and family, some love getting outdoors by themselves.

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Meet a Few of GRIT'S Veteran Riders

 
 
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Bennie, 8-year Marine Corps veteran, adaptive athlete and aspiring Paralympian

“A lot of people have been in a place that I am familiar with…self doubt, low self-esteem, and depression. I want to give those people some inspiration as to what they can accomplish.”

Bennie ordered his chair directly through GRIT Freedom Chair and has been riding since 2017

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John H, served in the Army for 3 years and the Coast Guard for 21 years

"You can get a lot of power out of that ratchet system, so I have no problem getting exercise. I would have no other way to get the aerobic exercise or strength exercise without it."

John received his chair through the W. G. (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center in Salisbury, NC (VISN 6)

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John A, retired Army Major and living with Multiple Sclerosis

"I couldn’t go anywhere. I had to stay on pavement. I live less than a mile from a 500 acre park, but I couldn’t go there. So I started looking for an option to get off road."

John received his chair through the Hampton VA Medical Center in Hampton, VA (VISN 6)

Information for VA Providers

What is the process for a VA Medical Center to obtain a Freedom Chair?

First, it’s important to note that GRIT is on the Federal Supply Schedule with the VA, which makes the process a little easier. For future reference, the contract number is V797D-60697.

Who uses the GRIT Freedom Chair?

We are glad you asked! GRIT doesn’t have one “type” of rider. GRIT Freedom Chair riders come from all over the world. They are different ages and sizes and have different goals and aspirations for the chair. With 5 different models, we like to think that we have a chair for almost everyone. A sample list of diagnoses we see in our rider population includes: amputees, arthritis, ataxia, diabetes, ALS, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, stroke/hemiplegia, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury (paraplegia and quadriplegia).

Because we are the sole distributor of the GRIT Freedom Chair and we do not work with reps, we will work closely with you to make specific modifications to ensure the chair fits well and is built for maximum comfort and usability.

Has GRIT worked with the VA before?

Yes! We have worked with dozens of VA Medical Centers across the country. From physicians to Occupational, Recreational and Physical Therapists, we recognize that each provider may have different concerns and questions, and that is why our Boston-based team is here to help you in figuring out if the GRIT Freedom Chair is right for your Center or patient.

We are happy to review any questions you may have. You can call us at 877-345-4748 or send an email to info@gogrit.us. We pride ourselves on customer service and you will find that we are a very responsive bunch!

Not sure what option is best for you?

We know that obtaining equipment from the VA can be a process, but guess what? We’ve done it before and we are here to help! Email us or give us a call at 877-345-4748. We're a small team based out of Boston and we pride ourselves on our customer service, so don't hesitate to reach out!