A veteran will remain in the tower during the 7 Days For The Troops event in Tampa

This year’s event relies strictly on donations from the public to purchase a specialty wheelchair for an American veteran.

TAMPA, Florida – Ever thought of spending 168 hours camping 15 feet high in a tower in Midtown Tampa? Well, that’s exactly what US Marines Corps veteran Scott Burns is going to be doing this weekend.

The 16th annual 7 Days For The Troops event will raise funds to provide a specialized all-terrain wheelchair to an American veteran capable of handling trails, beaches and water up to eight inches.

The non-profit organization 7 Days For The Troops is partnering with The Independence Fund to provide the wheelchair which can cost up to $20,000, Burns explained.

This year’s event relies strictly on donations from the public for the purchase of the wheelchair.

And Burns, co-founder of the association, is ready for the event.

He will spend seven full days in the tower of honor, which he described as a mini-apartment, interacting with people downstairs every day.

The only difficult part? Do not touch the ground when interacting with people below.

“I try to interact with the people on the ground, and if nobody’s around, I Netflix and chill for lack of a better way to put it,” Burns said.

The tower is built in levels with the help of a few volunteers. Construction workers also offered help this year.

So when exactly does this event take place? You can find the veteran 15 feet in the air starting Sunday.

Burns will start camp at 2 p.m. Sunday and won’t be back down until 2 p.m. Saturday, March 19.

And the veteran who gets the wheelchair? He’s a Tampa Bay resident!

Michael Stovall will be the wheelchair recipient, hoping to raise enough funds to add one more veteran to the list.

“I honestly believe that 7 Days for the Troops not only changes the life of the veteran we are helping, but it affects their family as it gives them peace of mind that their loved one is enjoying life to the fullest” , says Burns.

So far, there are up to five sponsors for the event, according to Burns. Anyone interested in donating can Click here.

Even if someone can’t donate, Burns still urges people to come see him.

“Don’t get me wrong, we want as many people as possible to donate $1 or $500 or whatever they want, but we love meeting people so we can talk to them about the different needs of veterans. …,” he said.

Joseph K. Bennett