A disabled veteran's plea

A disabled veteran's plea

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Charles Canamar is a straight talker. Maybe it comes from his 61 years of life. Maybe it comes from almost ten years of service in the Army Special Forces. Maybe it comes from those countless parachute jumps.

Maybe he just doesn't have time for anything else.

Canamar is a double leg amputee. He lost his legs, not to a military injury, but diabetes.

They were amputated two years ago at Tripler. Canamar recounts his conversation with the doctor when being told the legs had to be taken off.

"I said, well okay as long as I'm not dead" he recalls.

It's that same straight forward manner in which he hopes to speak to President Obama Friday morning. Canamar has been waiting for prosthetic legs since the operation, but hasn't been able to get anywhere with the Veterans Affairs office.

"I want a pair of legs sir, nothing more nothing less. Whatever they can give me".

Canamar is unwilling to ask, although it's something he's had to get used to on a daily basis. Surviving on pension, he panhandles daily to supplement his income.

His plan is to take a handivan to Kailua in the morning, then wait near a guardpost by the President's vacation rental in hopes of a chance encounter.

While he knows it's a longshot, it isn't deterring him from carrying out his plan.

As for the type of prosthetic legs he hopes to get, Canamar is once again straight forward.

"I don't care if they're like Betty Grable's".

Follow Chris Tanaka:   

Copyright 2013 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.