Segs4Vets, a nonprofit organization, awards Segways to men and women of the United States military who have sustained severe injuries while serving our Nation in Operation Iraqi Freedom and/or Operation Enduring Freedom.
The program began in 2005 as an unprecedented grass-roots effort by volunteers who passionately believed when those serving our Nation are sent into harm’s way resulting in permanent disability, they must have every resource available to them to assist in choosing the path of independence rather than dependence upon return. That same objective continues today: to enhance our recipients’ mobility, to provide them with role models and a roadmap so that he or she can remove or avoid frustrations that might inhibit their ability to live an independent, joyful life.
The Segway is a universally designed mobility device which does not draw attention to one’s physical disability. It is a tool that is solving many of the mobility issues facing our disabled veterans in a manner which is psychologically uplifting and physically beneficial. It rekindles the desire and motivation to continue to serve themselves, their families and their communities. The impact of the program resonates well beyond the recipient; it extends to their wives, husbands, children, mothers, fathers and other family members whose lives have been turned upside down. For many, the Segway has had such an impact that it has brought about a dramatic positive change in family dynamics.
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