Lonnie Heads to New York


Local celebrity Lonnie Bedwell Is best known for his daring adventures. Now, he’s taking the trip of a lifetime and he’s sharing his story with the world.  

“To say being blind is easy it’s not it has it’s challenges, it’s got it’s difficulties but who doesn’t have challenges and difficulties in life,” Lonnie Bedwell said.   

21 years ago, Dugger native and Navy and National Guard veteran Lonnie Bedwell lost his sight in a hunting accident.  

But it didn’t stop Lonnie from traveling the world and sharing his story. 

He went climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa, Devils Tower in Wyoming and has become a best-selling author. 

But his most recent trip gained national interest. 

“This past September the 5 of us blind veterans we kayaked the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon with an organization called Team River Runner,” Bedwell said.   

The trip was put on by the Blind Veterans Association and Team River Runner, a non-profit organization dedicated to getting disabled veterans involved in kayaking.     

“And we are led by other disable veterans and volunteers down the Canyon,” Bedwell said. “So, it’s not just Veterans, it’s a whole gamut and that’s are whole thing.”      

Lonnie’s story attracted the attention of the Today Show and another crew is filming a special documentary.  

“Here we go,” Bedwell said. “We are off to New York City, so I don’t know if the big apple is ready for us but here, we come baby.”  

After his Today Show appearance, he plans to continue spreading his message and showing disabled veterans that they can do anything.  

Bedwell said he also wants to climb the highest mountain in South America and be a contestant on Dancing With The Stars.  

Safe travels and thank you for your service. 

On Thursday, Lonnie and the other four veterans will make their debut on the Today Show.  

You can see them on WTWO between the 9 and 10 o’clock hours of the Today Show. 

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