Marine Continues to Serve

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

LCPL Everett Cole

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.

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 her former military family and others, and with no expectation of any personal benefit, Carrie volunteered to be a test subject helping DEKA Research develop and design the most advanced robotic human-controlled prosthetic arm in history.

To Carrie’s great surprise, Independence Corps 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.

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!

iBots

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 proud to share that in addition to continuing to provide mobility devices to veterans, in 2020 we are also providing iBOT® Mobility System and Track Chairs to Firefighters and Police Officers injured and disabled in the Line of Duty.  

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 received 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.

And retired Houston Police Officer Chase Cormier, both an Army Vet and injured as a HPO pilot in a helicopter crash

https://www.click2houston.com/news/local/2020/10/15/hpd-officer-injured-in-helicopter-crash-gets-mobility-back-thanks-to-gifted-wheelchair/?__vfz=medium%3Dsharebar

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