Independence Corps is providing an internship to Jermius Johnson, a student-athlete, senior, attending Justin F. Kimball High School in Dallas, Texas.
Col. Kristine Henderson, M.D., trained at the Uniformed Services University medical school, later becoming 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.
Below is a short video Dr. Henderson shared with us.
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.
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.
Lance Corporal Everett K Cole, USMC, Retired, was born in 1949 joined the Marine Corps in 1968, deploying to Vietnam 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.
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 and in 2018 the Coles completed 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
Every MONTH since July 2017, Lcpl Everett Cole has been the longest-running donor 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 celebrated their 50th Anniversary. You can wish them Happy Anniversary, make a donation today.