One Veterans organization that has made a significant national impact this year is The Independence Fund. Founded in 2007 by combat veterans, the Independence Fund mission is to provide injured troops with the tools, therapies and guidance that they might not otherwise receive.
The Independence Fund has distributed more than $35M in grants and services to qualifying veterans including track chairs, custom cycles, and retreats for the veteran family. The Fund, as part of its wellness program, also provides Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment (HBOT), Bio Neurofeedback and other therapies for injured veterans.
“The Independence Fund’s purpose is to provide our wounded Veterans with essential resources that they need and deserve but are not otherwise receiving so that they can live healthier and more independent lives,” said Tommy Rieman, Executive Director of the Independence Fund. “Our philosophy is to let the Veteran let us know what they need, rather than the other way around. The result has been that we have discovered a number of important areas of need— and thanks to the enormous generosity of our donors we are meeting those needs.”
One of the core missions of The Independence Fund is to provide severely wounded veterans with the chance to get back outside so that they can enjoy the outdoors through a variety of devices that include all terrain wheelchairs and adaptive bicycles. The Fund has now provided over 1,000 adaptive, high tech wheelchairs to deserving Veterans. Research indicates that there are still over 1,000 more Veterans who need these specialized chairs.
“Many veterans that have been traumatically wounded are unable to enjoy the outdoors as they once had while others have lost some of their independence due to lack of mobility,” added Rieman. “The Independence Fund has now provided over 1,000 chairs to deserving recipients—and this mission will not conclude until every Veteran injured in the line of duty that needs a chair, is provided one.”
In the past year, the Independence Fund continued to serve as a leading national voice to address lack of access to needed care and the unacceptable epidemic of veteran suicides due to lack of access to effective therapies and the over-prescription of drugs to our Veterans.
“We continue to work directly with Congress and the Administration to promote greater veteran access to critically important therapies such as Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT),” said Rieman. “These groundbreaking therapies can help to provide healing to those suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress (PTS). We cannot afford to stand by while the Federal Government makes up its mind about approving these therapies– for this reason we are actively providing treatment to those veterans who need it today.”
In 2015, The Fund successfully partnered with a number of national organizations to promote and expand their three missions. In 2016, they plan to launch several new partnerships with a number of nationally prominent companies and organizations. In doing so The Independence Fund aims to bring in significant new financial resources to support its missions while continuing to raise national awareness the wellness, mobility and caregiver needs of wounded veterans across the country.
“The past year, the Independence Fund has improved its capabilities while reaching several milestones,” said Tommy Rieman, Executive Director of the Independence Fund. “2016 will be another exciting year for the Independence Fund as we work to reach more Veterans and change more lives.”
For more information visit the website at independencefund.org/Read the full article on the U.S. Veterans Magazine website