At High Point University’s 11th Annual Veterans Day Celebration, the Zeta Phi Chapter presented all-terrain track wheelchairs to two catastrophically wounded veterans. The chapter raised $40,000 and worked in partnership with The Independence Fund to procure and outfit the chairs for Sgt. Joey Aguilar and Sgt. 1st Class Randy Stone.
Sgt. Aguilar, from Hillsborough, North Carolina, served in the Army infantry in the 1-120th Heavy Brigade unit. He served during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He has a wife named Jessica, who is also a veteran, and seven children.
Sgt. First Class Randy Stone enlisted into the US Army in 1983. He originally served in Operation Desert Storm as a Tank Mechanic, and then went on to serve on several tours in Iraq and Afghanistan as a combat medic after changing his Military Occupational Specialty. SFC Stone retired in 2008 after incurring a T4/5 spinal cord injury from an IED while serving in Iraq. SFC Stone is married and has six children.
“One of the reasons why Kappa Alpha started doing this is because we realized there were many people our age already serving our country,” said Michael H. Esposito (Zeta Phi–Hight Point ’14) who started this initiative five years ago. “We wanted to find a way to give back to those who have given so much to us in a direct and meaningful way.”