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Military veterans on the field with gifted Segways and ALLY chairs in Seattle on Monday night. (Via Military Sea Hawkers on Twitter)

The Segway may still be a particularly curious-looking transportation mode when spotted zipping around the campus of any given technology company, but on Monday night at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, the devices and those using them proved especially heroic.

Twelve combat veterans injured in either Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom were awarded with Segways and ALLY chairs during halftime of the Seahawks and Buffalo Bills game. The gift came from the Seahawks and Segs4Vets, a nonprofit organization that helps increase mobility for men and women of the United States military who have sustained severe injuries.

Wearing Seahawks “Salute to Service” jerseys, eight men received Segways and four received ALLY chairs, which are adapted Segways that allow the user to operate from a seated position.

Segs4Vets made its first presentation to three recipients in 2005, and to date has awarded more than 1,500 Segways. Each award costs in excess of $15,000, according to the group.

“It helps for that freedom of mobility,” said Army combat engineer Samuel Shockley in a story on KOMO News. “We are all veterans getting a new way of life in a sense.”

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