Disability is Not the End – A Veteran’s Story of Overcoming Adversity (Part 2)

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April 18, 2014 – five months since he got stuck in the mud – Mr. Henry Kent finally got his mobility back. Now armed with the Action Trackchair, Mr. Kent is ready to return to the pond and do what he loves best – fishing. It was a rainy day, but that didn’t stop him in the least from trying out his new wheels.

Mr. Kent's New Wheels

He’s turned in his wheels for all-terrain tracks – all thanks to the generosity of Daryl Walker, Health Benefits Advisor at Eisenhower Army Medical Center, and The Independence Fund.

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Statement from The Independence Fund:

April 16, 2014 – Augusta, GA

The mission of The Independence Fund, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization managed by combat veterans, is to provide our nation’s most severely injured Veterans with the tools, therapies, and guidance they are otherwise not receiving. When Bill O’Reilly, the dynamic host of the popular Fox News Channel program The Factor, announced on April 24, 2013 that he was supporting The Independence Fund’s efforts to provide all-terrain wheelchairs to every Veteran from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan who deserves one, donor support for the all-volunteer organization skyrocketed, expanding the wheelchair recipient base to include injured Veterans from all eras.

According to Steve Danyluk, Independence Fund founder, president, and Marine Corps combat veteran, “Since Mr. O’Reilly’s announcement, we have been absolutely overwhelmed by the response and generosity of the American public, which is clearly ready to respond to the needs of these deserving Veterans.” To date, The Independence Fund has raised and distributed more than $9 million in goods and services to qualified Veterans and Caregivers. “Today’s presentation of an all-terrain wheelchair to Mr. Kent,” said Danyluk, “marks the 511th wheelchair the Fund has provided since this initiative began just one year ago.”

In addition to the ongoing wheelchair initiative, the Independence Fund is also planning its fifth annual Lt. Dan Week (LDW5) in the South Carolina Lowcountry. LDW5 is a week-long retreat beginning at Palm Key on Knowles Island, SC. This year the retreat’s theme will be The Art of Healing, and it will focus on incorporating the disciplines of painting, drawing, photography, and music to heal both the emotional and physical wounds of war. It is a full week of activities such as kayaking, fishing, yoga, and various other educational and therapeutic sessions intended to help heal the minds, bodies, and spirits of the Veterans and their Caregivers. This year nearly 100 severely injured Veterans and Caregivers are expected to attend this week of bonding and camaraderie, which culminates with a concert performance by well-known entertainer Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band at the North Charleston Coliseum in North Charleston, SC.

Independence Fund Contact:
Steve Danyluk
(434) 409-0506
independencefund@gmail.com

 


About Nathan Hoeller

Nathan joined the MWR Marketing team in 2007 as graphic designer and production manager for Fort Gordon’s Family and MWR facilities. In 2011, he became creative director of the Fort Gordon FYI Magazine. As of 2014, he became webmaster of FortGordon.com.

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