09/08/2014 (press release: Bravo1nine)
Two different organizations are banding together to help a local Marine who served in
Afghanistan to regain some of the personal freedom he lost in 2010.
Randal Wright was a Lance Corporal with a Marine infantry unit serving in the Helmand province in
Afghanistan when he stepped on an improvised explosive device, losing both of his legs above the knee
and most of his left hand.
A group of local Marine veterans with the Leathernecks motorcycle club has teamed up with the
Matthew A. Pucino Foundation to raise the money to purchase Randal a custom-made trike.
The goal of the two organizations is to get Wright out on the open road on a custom trike modified so
that Wright can operate it safely and carry his wheelchair with him wherever he rides.
According to representatives of the two groups, “Ride therapy helps heal the soul in a way that no
doctor is able. This will not only help Randal heal psychologically but will also give him the flexibility to get
around without relying on other people.”
Those interested in donating to this cause can learn more by visiting
The Matthew A. Pucino Foundation is a tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization and exists to honor the
memory Staff Sergeant Matthew A. Pucino, a Green Beret who gave his life serving in Afghanistan. The
organization’s mission is to provide for the physical and emotional needs of combat wounded soldiers
and their families.
Leathernecks MC, International is a motorcycle club dedicated to supporting veterans, Marine
Corps-related functions, charitable organizations and to keeping POW/MIA awareness alive.
For questions, please contact Lance Santiago at 208-761-0313.