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Wounded soldier gets new vehicle

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Wounded soldier gets new vehicle
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WATERTOWN, N.Y. -- A national organization that aims to help wounded soldiers by providing accessible vehicles was in Watertown Thursday.

"Operation Support Our Troops" made a special presentation to Sergeant First Class Roy Mitchell and his family. Mitchell got a brand new $65,000 modified Honda Pilot that has an automatic wheelchair ramp.

Mitchell was in Afghanistan in 2003 when the humvee he was in hit a roadside bomb. He not only suffered major burns and fractures to his face, but his left leg was amputated.

"Yeah, this is incredible. It really is. The opportunities and the things that I'm going to be able to do with a vehicle like this just opens the door wide. It's incredible," Mitchell said.

Operation Support Our Troops also presented gifts and gift certificates to Mitchell's wife and children. Mitchell also got a $500 gas card for his new car.

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