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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: At Independence Corps and our Initiative Spartan Alliance, we are driven by a single goal; to do our part in making the world a better place for severely injured, ill Veterans and their families. Our decision-making process was developed by our ‘all veteran’ team over the course of several years. We strive to build productive relationships and make a positive impact. * Formerly the Huey 091 Foundation*

Results: More than 200 Military Veterans and Their Families

Target demographics: Veterans,

Direct beneficiaries per year: More than 200 Military Veterans and Their Families

Geographic areas served: United States

Programs: Mobility devices,

Community Stories

26 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

There are times when you meet people who you know will change the world just by being themselves. Some of those people created Independence Corps. Their mission is to serve...truly serve. There isn't fanfare or public spotlight but, instead, they are quietly, and diligently, working to see that each wounded or ill veteran gets the support that they so desperately need. They get it done and they don’t expect public recognition, validation or appreciation. They don’t ask for anything, other than donations from the plublic, so that they can continue to help the veterans that they serve.
Personally, I know Luker very well. He and I poured countless hours, and much of our hearts, into a different nonprofit that he founded years ago. If there is one person that I can say has a heart for our wounded/ill/injured veterans of any era, it’s that guy. His passion oozes out of him. Not being able to help a veteran in need will eat at him until he finds a way to make it happen. Making sure that his brothers and sisters in arms get what they need, be it physical or mental, is personal to him…very personal. It isn’t just a “job”; it’s his life. Our veterans aren’t nameless numbers. They are people, his people…his family. I have spoken with Gary numerous times and I can tell that he has the same mentality when it comes to helping veterans. This is a good group of people.

Jenn T.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We had a suicide I, the family I f a marine that served 30 yrs. Needless to say its an unimaginable event. This chairity helped us transition greatly

Client Served

Rating: 5

Independence Corps is a class act organization. They have selflessly donated to our cause to help out local Veterans in NJ & PA. Luker found out about an event we were doing to raise money for our local Veterans and families, and with no hesitation, wanted to help. I'm grateful for men and women associated with Independence Corps and all they do. It's networking within the Veteran community that really makes a difference and Independence Corps is a prime example of an organization who does just that.

Alice L. C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We were honored to attend a Spartan Warrior Weekend a couple years ago and had the most wonderful experience. The weekend was very organized, yet allowing time to 'chill' and talk with like minded veterans. Next weekend, we are excited to go again and this time take a fellow Purple Heart VN war veteran and his wife with us. The Vendor event was so educational, as we got to see some of 'what is out there' for wounded warriors. It was so touching to see a fellow veteran be the recipient of an All Terrain powered chair! This makes a World of Difference for us Vets, as we can once again get off the sidewalk and out into the world we once knew and enjoyed! Independence Corps is a Super Non-profit that we continue to support financially, in a small way, each month.

Sherri P.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Independence Corps helped provide my disabled husband and veteran with a beautiful track chair that helps him regain his outside independence and love for everything outside during multiple surgeries that limit his physical abilities. This track chair also helps mentally allowing him to focus on his surroundings and enjoying the moments instead of focusing on the things he can’t do.
A true blessing.

Amber V.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We were given a grant to use for our upcoming event. They were very easy to work with and very supportive of our cause.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We were first introduced to Warfighter Hemp through a veteran's magazine. After reviewing their website and talking with Steve at Warfighter Hemp, we were excited to work with them. As director of Lest We Forget our Vets (and a combat Viet Nam Navy vet) we felt their mission fit with ours. We provide therapeutic tricycles to vets for rehabilitation and also work with senior vets. The grant process was simple and straight-forward. We very much appreciate the help provided to us through the Warfighter Grant.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Love these guys. They have helped countless severely injured Veterans regain a sense of independence via their efforts.

Hal K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have known the founders of the independence Corp since 2003 when they first starting supporting newly injured service members. They were supporting service members well before they formed the non-profit. This is a wonderful group of veterans that support other veterans.

I have attended multiple events where they donated track chairs to the disabled veterans that use them for yard work, hunting trips, fishing trips, etc.

I have attended events where they focus on emotional support to help prevent suicides.

These are veterans who know no bounds to support of service members. Wherever there is a need, they are willing to jump in and help.

I can not say enough wonderful things about this organization and the people who are part of it. They have supported other non-profits wherever they are needed and capable of helping.

Malachias Rafal G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I run a group that provides free therapy gardens and two day trauma workshops for veterans and first responders. The independence Corps has provided with with multiple support opportunity to increase our ability to effectively provide our services to our nation's Heroes at no cost to them so that they can focus on healing and learning healthy coping mechanisms for PTSD. We couldn't do what we do without the independence Corps support of our mission.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We are a non-profit ourselves, Wheelchairs for Warriors, and they generously donated to us. They said they were going to, and they kept their promise! We are forever grateful!

donna

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It is wonderful to partner with an organization that is meeting the needs of wounded and injured Veterans where they need it the most. This organization understands the importance of peer to peer relationships, and providing activities for Veterans to participate in. As a Non Profit founder, aligning with others who have the same interest and efforts is true collaboration. This organization was founded and shaped by Veterans, for Veterans!

Donor

Rating: 5

We have had the privilege of working with the Independence Corps since their initial events/retreats and were impressed by their focus on peer-support, relationship building activities and focus on making sure all veterans and caregivers felt included and supported. They understand the importance of peer-support, outdoor activities and outreach to prevent veterans’ suicide and to provide a strong support system!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Independence Corps has given me a chance to be myself with the support of myself and my warrior! Time and time again this organization has shown family and loyalty to the families that they take such great pride in helping! I can't thank them enough!

John71

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great leadership is paramount for any charitable organization. I served on the board of Snowball Express with Gary Lawson for four years. Gary is the Reay deal.

Donor

Rating: 5

What Independence Corps does for our veterans is impossible to measure. They help wounded vets regain mobility through iBots. Also work in the needed area of suicide prevention for Vets.
This is a very worthy nonprofit.
John Pickett

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have had nothing but great experiences with this organization. When a Veteran, First Responder or caregiver puts out a call to action. Independence Corps/Spartan Alliance steps up. I have seen this many times. They are top notch. Seeing an organization that is 100% volunteer is rare. They work tirelessly, day and night. Thank you Independence Corps for stepping up for all eras of our military

1 Lucas M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've had the pleasure of working with Independence Corps for the last several months, with a focus of getting iBOT mobility sytems to the veterans than need them. Their commitment is clear, and so is their expertise. This is an organization with both its heart and its head in the right place. And it shows in the difference they make in vets lives. Keep up the great work!

Lucas Merrow

1 Carl G.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am absolutely fascinated by the comradery of those who serve our nation. I'm absolutely amazed by the group of people that try, even in the smallest way, to repay the debt to those that have paid so much on our behalf. To see groups such as Independence Corps work so hard to try and improve life for those that need it the most is phenomenal. I was present at American Airlines Skyball when the Luke Arm was presented to an Army Vet. The place erupted in excitement. There are no words to describe seeing the impact that the arm made on one individual. With this technology the possibilities are endless.

One of the qualities I personally value is when someone (or group) is truly genuine about their passion. It is very easy to say that the entire Independence Corp Team meets that standard.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I attended one of the events in Mississippi last October. I was blwn away by the care and love. I really felt like I got the welcome home, i never got when I came back from Vietnam. We stayed at the scarlet pearl, it was so nice. Thank you spartan alliance