Disabled Veteran Surprises Bride with Wedding Dance
You might want to make sure you're well supplied with tissues before checking this one out.
From The Mighty:
Sergeant Joe Johnson, from Fishers, Indiana, is a veteran who served in Afghanistan and a paraplegic, Fox 59 reported. Recently, he pulled off a beautiful wedding surprise for his new wife, Michelle.
Johnson, 27, arranged to dance with his bride — without the aid of his wheelchair — on their wedding day, and the two shared an emotional moment.
The couple had to overcome a lot in the time leading up to their wedding day.
Johnson was in a motorcycle accident after returning from Afghanistanthat resulted in a spinal cord injury and paralysis, according to ABC News. His wife told the outlet that he rode motorcycles for the rush as a result of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from his service. He’d met his future wife just months before the accident.
“Our family and I have been through so much,” Michelle Johnson told ABC. “But we all know that Joey is still the same person, funny and loving guy he was before.”
Unbeknownst to Michelle, who had been lured away from the wedding reception by a family member (who was in on what was about to happen), Joey's friends rigged up a harness system that allowed Joey to stand without the aid of his wheelchair and hold his bride. Not only hold, but dance with, and most importantly, look into each other's eyes.
Here's to a very special couple, blessed with each other and some very good friends.