June 30, 2015— Today the leading national veterans nonprofit organization, The Independence Fund announced changes in its leadership structure. Board Member, Jesse Acosta has been appointed Chairman of the Board and Tommy Rieman has been appointed as Executive Director. Both men are decorated combat veterans and will work to continue the great growth and success of The Independence Fund.
“The Independence Fund has grown tremendously over the past several years—we are deeply grateful to the wellspring of service and leadership that continues to propel us forward,” said incoming Chairman, Jesse Acosta. “Today we again tap into that wellspring, so that we can continue to grow and fulfill our mission: to serve our wounded service members and their families everyday.”
The Independence Fund was founded by Steve “Luker” Danyluk with the mission to provide our nation’s wounded veterans, their families and caregivers with services and resources that they were not otherwise receiving. Steve ran the organization from the cockpit of his airplane and from his suitcase and blackberry from locations around the world. Danyluk will continue to serve the Fund as a Board member and will play a key role in moving the organization forward.
“The Independence Fund”s first act of service was to provide a wounded veteran with a track chair so that a he could continue to work and live a better life,” added Acosta. “The Fund recently presented its’ 1000th track chair and we are forever grateful for Luker and his incredible work and are very energized about the next generation of leadership that has stepped forward to lead us.”
We wish the government could provide our Veterans with the rehabilitation equipment they really need - but that is not the reality. The Independence Fund, with your help, buys equipment which will provide Veterans with the utmost independence - whatever it takes to help our brave men and women come back to a normal and independent life.
All Terrain Chair Initiative
Countless Veterans who have lost their mobility now have a chance to reexperience the outdoors with the help of these marvelous all terrain wheelchairs. No longer must our Veterans be confined to the pavement! Fishing, hunting, going to the beach, even playing with their own children in their backyard are all now possible - sweet Independence!
Hyperbaric Treatment Initiative
In 2013, The Independence Fund began its HBOT initiative. The concept is that by increasing the level of oxygen carried in the blood increases the level of healing. The initial block of treatment ranges from 4-6 weeks and then requires the occasional tune-up. Fundraising for the HBOT program is one of the top priorities for the fund in 2014.
The Independence Center
Palm Key is a serene getaway near Beaufort, SC located between the marshes, maritime forests, nature trails, fresh and brackish water ponds and boasts a myriad of wildlife. After caring for thousands of veterans, The Independence Fund has a vision to establish a center where our severely wounded could truly have a chance to heal their bodies, their minds and their spirits - a place that can help reconcile their sacrifice with their service.
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