Each year, the Indianapolis resident typically is driven a few times to his favorite spots, such as areas around Camp Atterbury in Johnson County, Ind., and then helped to a hunting blind.

The wheelchair the 65-year-old retired U.S. Marine uses does not maneuver well over ruts, rocks, mud or thick vegetation.

Next month, however, Quintana plans to hunt turkey for the first time, and he will have a new means of getting around: a $12,000 all-terrain wheelchair donated this week by American Legion Post 182 in New Palestine, Ind.

The chair has a higher clearance than a typical wheelchair and uses tanklike treads rather than wheels.

“I am very grateful,” Quintana said Wednesday. “Beyond helping me hunt, it’s going to be a big help with a lot of everyday things. Just on my own property, I’ve wanted to go out there and repair a fence some dogs tore up. But I haven’t really been able to get to it. I think I can get out there with this thing.”

Quintana lost his legs in an explosion during an Aug. 29, 1968, combat mission. Quintana and his unit marched into a rice paddy near the Ho Chi Minh trail when an artillery shell exploded.

Several of Quintana’s friends lost their lives in the blast.

He accepted his physical limitations pretty quickly, he said.

“I adapted,” said Quintana, who later received three Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star for his wartime service. “You know this is the life you have to live. I had to do it, and that was it. I think I did pretty good.”

Quintana now volunteers once a week at Community East Hospital and serves as a chaplain with the Marine Corps League. He received the chair Tuesday night.

“I’m looking forward to taking it around my neighborhood on warm summer nights and smoking a little cigar,” he said. “I don’t like to smoke in the house.”

The American Legion post raised the money through Texas Hold ’em poker games.

“He’s the perfect candidate,” said David Espich, 69, a past commander of the post. “He’s a super, super nice guy, and it’s very rewarding to see him get it. We work hard at this Texas Hold ’em. We generated every bit of it from doing that.”

Participants pay a $25 entry fee. The Legion keeps $5 per entry and $20 goes into winnings for players.

The post’s current goal, Espich said, is to raise enough to buy another chair for another veteran this year.

According to the company website, Action Manufacturing of Marshall, Minn., developed the Action Trackchair after 30 years in the recreational motor sports business. Company founder Tim Swenson originally developed an off-road wheelchair for his son Jeff.

Quintana looks forward to seeing how his new chair and its tanklike treads increase his mobility in the field.

Last fall’s deer hunting season wasn’t as successful as Quintana had hoped.

“I never got one,” he said. “I could have gotten one on the first day, but it was a small deer and I was hoping to get a bigger one. I should have gone ahead and shot the first one, but that’s the way it goes.”