“I am completely surrounded by my dad,” he said of driving the FENX. “There’s so much of my dad in that car, and there’s a lot of me in that car, as well.
“I’m a big fan of my dad,” he added, smiling.
When he was younger, Welty was sure he would stay in politics for a long time, eventually running for office. Now, the 29-year-old says he’s not so set on that.
“I’ve seen what you have to go through on the campaign trail,” he said, and he’s not sure he would be willing to put himself and his family through that. “I won’t necessarily rule it out,” he said. “That might change, but as of right now, it’s not something that I’m looking at doing.”
Instead, Welty is hoping he can use his story to inspire others. “I would like to eventually find a way to take this story on the road,” he said, mentioning a book or public speaking as possible options. “Despite all of these challenges and all of these hurdles, I was able to go do these things.”
Visitors get their first look at the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, which opened to the public on Monday, Oct. 6, 2014. The new memorial is located off Independence Ave. SW between the Rayburn House Office Building and HHS. Buy photo here.