Florida Georgia Line teams up with nonprofit to bring Pa. veteran special gift at concert

Antionette Lee
July 14, 2019 - 2:24 pm
A wounded marine veteran from Reading was in for a big treat Saturday night at country music duo Florida Georgia Line's concert in Camden. Chris Kaag will be taking on new adventures  thanks to the country duo, the Independence Fund.

Courtesy of the Independence Fund

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A wounded Marine veteran from Reading, Pennsylvania was in for a big treat Saturday night at country music duo Florida Georgia Line's concert in Camden. Chris Kaag will be taking on new adventures and some newfound freedom thanks to the country duo and the Independence Fund

For Kaag, his Marine journey was all in the family.

"My dad, my grandfather, my uncle, then my brother after me were all Marines, so it was something that I always wanted to do since I was 8-years-old," Kaag said. 

That dream was cut short when he became confined to a wheelchair, but Kaag didn't let that stop him. 

He found another way to serve: by training others to overcome their challenges through physical fitness.

"I want people to focus on the people around them. That's the thing that saved me. I don't have time to worry about my challenges; I wanna get out there and help as many people as I can," he said. 

Now, with his new gift, he will be able to continue serving in new ways and explore new territories with his new all terrain wheelchair.

During the show, Florida Georgia Line invited him onto stage where the crowd cheered him on and began chanting "U.S.A," as seen in the video below provided by the Independence Fund.

"Last night was a night that I will never forget," Kaag said. 

In his new wheelchair, Kaag will be able to "get out there" even more. 

"The places you can go are unmatched, so I'm really looking forward to getting my son out there and doing some things with my wife." 

Kaag says he is looking forward to hitting some trails and blazing the national parks.

"It's something that can provide me access to woods and all kinds of places that you can you really can't do in a regular wheelchair," he added.