The Independence Fund is a non-government organization that gives support to veterans through its ”Three Pillars of Support”. Since the inception in 2007, The Independence Fund has raised more than $10,000,000 to provide assistance and devices to deserving veterans of the War on Terror. In August 2013 The Independence Fund purchased the first batch of Zooms from the Swedish electrical vehicle company Zoomability AB.
Steve Danyluk, the CEO and founder of The Independence Fund made the decision to buy the Zooms while test driving one in Texas. –“Zoomability’s agent in the U.S contacted me and we arranged for a test drive the same weekend. I took a seat in the Zoom and spun off and went off road and up a hill. I have driven all kinds of electric vehicles and I was able to tell immediately that the Zoom can fill a void for a specific class of veterans. On top of that, this thing is pretty cool and a blast to drive. I know it will appeal to folks who were used to such adrenaline highs when they served in the military.”
Zoom Uphill® is a light, electric powered one-person vehicle for conquering the outdoors. Based on a patented resistance compensating boggy divider, the Zoom makes it possible to explore the outdoors. The Zoom is silent, versatile and fast.
Co-Founder and CEO of Zoomability Björn Larsson - “We want to bring the adrenaline kick and joy to people who have experienced war. We are proud to be part of the important support the Independence Fund provides to war veterans.”
In September, The Independence Fund will host a Caregiver Retreat for heroes of the War on Terror and their families at the award winning Palm Key Resort located in the heart of the South Carolina low country. The veterans will have access to electric vehicles where the Zoom will be the latest news.
-“If our caregivers and the war heroes find as much joy in the Zoom as I did, we are interested in a long-term business relationship with Zoomability”, says Steve Danyluk.
ABOUT THE INDEPENDENCE FUND
Since 9/11, nearly 50,000 service members have been wounded fighting the Global War on Terror. For many of the severely injured personnel the system has served them well. But in the current conflict a unique class of survivor has emerged. This group is comprised of men and women who, because of the phenomenal advances in battlefield medicine, are kept alive with wounds that in previous conflicts would have been non-survivable. Often times, the damage inflicted is multi-faceted and to an extent in which full recovery is not feasible. These are the “ultra” severely injured that the Independence Fund has been assisting through its “Three Pillars of Support.”
- Pillar One: To provide the necessary tools and therapies that is otherwise not being provided.
- Pillar Two: To fund and promote physical and leisure/athletic activities that enhance the veteran’s physical and emotional well-being
- Pillar Three: Advocacy/Case Management