Independence Corps’ Missions

Join us and help restore independence and dignity to disabled veterans and first responders that comes with greater mobility.

We thank Dean Kamen, & DEKA Research for reinventing the iBOT and putting their new iBOT into production through Mobius Mobility  http://mobiusmobility.com/.

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If you are a civilian, contact lmerrow@mobiusmobility.com about getting a new iBOT.

If you are a veteran or injured first responder, contact gary.lawson@independencecorps.org about being considered by Independence Corps for a new iBOT.

Suicide Intervention. Regardless of what’s the precise statistic to quote, Suicides and Attempted Suicides among our veteran population must be addressed. Independence Corps helps veterans regain independence and feelings of wellbeing through our Spartan Weekends. (As soon as Covid is behind us we will again have these veteran and caregiver retreats!)

You can be part of the solution, help us to reduce veteran suicides. Support our Spartan Weekend initiative!

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Now Helping Firefighters, Police Officers Injured in the Line of Duty

As Co-Founder and President of Independence Corps Foundation, after a more than 35 year legal career representing police and fire and other government pension systems, I am so proud to share with our community that in addition to continuing to provide mobility devices to veterans, in 2020 we started providing the iBOT® Mobility System invented by DEKA Research to Firefighters and Police Officers injured and disabled in the Line of Duty.  In 2008, after providing 23 new iBOTS to veterans, some of our veterans helped DEKA Research obtain FDA reclassification of the stair climbing wheelchair as a Class 2 Medical Device and we tirelessly helped DEKA to develop this new generation iBOT Mobility System.

Gary Lawson, J.D., LL.M, President

Injured in the line of duty, shot by a drug dealer, Ft. Worth Texas Police Officer Lisa Ramsey receives her new iBOT surrounded by an honor guard of Manchester NH Police Officers. Officer Ramsey’s iBot was paid for by donations to Independence Corps. Holding the check for us is iBOT inventor, Dean Kamen.
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COVID -19 HELP FOR FIRE, POLICE AND HOSPITAL TEAMS.

Independence Corps, in concert with one of our donors, Warfighter Hemp, a largely veteran owned and operated vendor of CBD products, has tasked its Hemp farm to redirect some of its energy to produce CDC compliant Hand Sanitizers. Independence Corps is accepting donations earmarked exclusively by our donors to buy and distribute to fire, police departments and medical facilities in a number of U.S. Cities to help protect these first responders on the front line of this war with Covid-19.Warfighter Hand Sanitizer Irving Tx Fire 2

If you want to help click on the Donate Button at the top.

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Click on the button to follow Gary Lawson’s Save The IBot feed on Twitter.

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An iBot for Col. Henderson, M.D.

Col. Kristine Henderson, M.D., trained at the Uniformed Services University medical school. Later, Col. Henderson would become an Air Force physician. Following 9/11, Dr. Henderson volunteered and trained as a Critical Care Air Transport Team physician and in 2003 deployed in Operation Enduring Freedom to Iraq.

When Dr. Henderson returned from Iraq, she became chief of the Critical Care Air Transport Team at Patrick AFB in FL. Unfortunately, she was then diagnosed with multiple sclerosis forcing her to retire from her career as an AF physician.

Dr. Henderson reached out to us to see if we could provide her a new iBOT.

Here is a short video Dr. Henderson shared with us showing off her beaming smile in the brand new 2020 iBOT Mobility System Independence. Click on the title of this post to see a larger version.

More about Dr. Henderson…

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Our long-term webmaster, Kevin Rattan, was recently awarded the “Nigel Armstrong Impact Award” by ROI Training. The award  is in memory of Nigel Armstrong – a world class trainer and public speaker who passed away far too young. The award includes a substantial donation to a charity of the winner’s choice. Naturally, Kevin nominated Independence Corps, and we are grateful to him, to the late and much missed Nigel, and to ROI for their very generous donation.

Kevin is on the left in the photo; Nigel is on the right.

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A Vet, His Track Chair and His Horse

Back from serving in a war zone, he broke his neck in three places and suffered quadriplegic spinal injuries. Now, this veteran shows other vets that with determination there is a real worthwhile life after catastrophic injuries. He’s paying it forward and Independence Corps was proud to provide him his Track Chair.

Veteran, Trackchair and his horse Johnathan Merchant

 

 

Marine Continues to Serve

Lance Corporal Everett K Cole, USMC, Retired, was born in 1949 and joined the Marine Corps in May 1968, deploying to Viet Nam in Feb 1969.

On May 22, 1969 Lcpl Cole stepped on a Land Mine severing his right leg just below the knee and shattering his left leg.

Everett married Alice in 1970 and they had 3 daughters born 1973, ‘74 and ‘78

In 1975 Everett got his Bachelor’s degree in History from Huntingdon College and began his lifetime career at VA Regional Office, Montgomery, retiring at age 55.

Everett opened the Office of the Military Order of Purple Heart in Montgomery in 2006, later becoming a Commander.

Everett is a lifetime member of DAV and former Commander of DAV Chapter 12,  Member of American Legion Post 2, Montgomery, AL, Member of Marine Corps League, Townsend Unit., Montgomery, AL

In 2014 Everett became a double amputee due to wounds to his left leg in Vietnam.

In 2016 Everett and Alice bought a 65-acre farm which they named “Freedom Farm”, where he hosts veterans for hunting and fishing events.

2018 found the Coles completing one Bucket List Visiting all 50 States with  6,000 miles in their  MV-1.

Today, Lcpl. Everett and Alice Cole hang out on the farm (like a little boy in his sandbox and toy tractors) repairing roads, cutting trails, butt scooting nearly ¼ mile after he got the JD stuck and had forgotten his phone and gun to call for help! Life is truly an ‘Adventure’ for this ole Marine

 

LCPL Everett Cole

And lastly, we celebrate Everett for who this Marine is!

Because every MONTH since July 2017, Lcpl Everett Cole has been the longest-running doner to Independence Corps, paying it forward to benefit other soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines who are in need of advanced mobility devices. Oorah Marine Lance Corporal Everett Cole.

July 2020 Everett and Alice Cole will celebrate their 50th Anniversary. You can wish them Happy Anniversary, make a donation today.

Army Vet Carries’ Luke Arm

Carrie’s Army career abruptly ended because of an automobile accident that left her an amputee.  Carrie was medically retired in November of 1995, leaving behind a Military career she greatly enjoyed.

With a passion to continue to serve, hoping her new service might benefit the men and women of her former military family, and with no expectation of the events that will now unfold at Skyball, Carrie volunteered to be a test subject to help DEKA Research develop and design the most advanced robotic human-controlled prosthetic arm in history.

To Carrie’s great surprise, Independence Corps Foundation reached out to her and told her she was our first candidate for her own Luke Arm.

Carrie experimenting with her new arm

In Memoriam

Our (Marcia and Gary) beloved older son, Seth David Lawson, Born Sept 19, 1978, Died too young, April 20, 2014.Seth stood behind our mission, volunteering countless hours and he helped design all of Huey 091’s communication and marketing materials. He scripted the iBOT Restart video voiced by our dear friend Gary Sinise and filmed by Bob Vincent. We will miss you son more than you could imagine. All of the work I continue to do, I dedicate to my wife and our two loving sons, Seth and Aaron. Gary Lawson, Co-Founder.

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