On Tuesday, August 9, 2022, at 7PM at the IM ABLE Foundation Headquarters in Wyomissing, PA, the IM ABLE Foundation presented a wheelchair accessible van to the Veterans Coalition of Pennsylvania (VCOP) for use in their programming serving veterans with disabilities.
VCOP surprised IM ABLE with a donation to help further their mission of empowering people of all abilities.
According to the CDC, adults with disabilities are twice as likely as those without disabilities to have inadequate transportation (31% vs. 13%). This van will enable VCOP to safely transport veterans living with a disability to healthcare appointments, job trainings and interviews, and food distribution events.
Robin “Cherokee” Gilmore, USAF Veteran, is one of the many volunteers who give their time to lead the VCOP. “It’s an honor for all of us to give out time to help other veterans who need it. This van is a game changer. Not only does it make it possible for us to provide assistance to veterans with and without physical disabilities, but because of the way the van is configured, it makes it possible for a veteran with a disability to operate the vehicle and continue to serve this population that has done so much for our country.”
Chris Kaag, Founder/CEO of IM ABLE was integral in making this donation possible. “My dad was a Marine; my brother and I were both Marines. It inspired a life-long desire to serve this country and this community. Helping VCOP with its mission to serve those who risked so much to serve our country means a lot to me personally, and to the IM ABLE Foundation’s mission to empower people with challenges to get off the sidelines and figure out new ways to do things.”
The VCOP mission is to perpetuate a collaborative initiative engaged in helping Veterans and their families by partnering with local, state and federal agencies and organizations to assist with reintegration, career development, mentoring, housing and other necessities of life outside the military. For more information or to support VCOP, please go to https://teamvcop.org/.
The mission of the IM ABLE Foundation is to remove obstacles that prevent people like Maia from being physically active by providing grants, resources, fitness opportunities and motivation. We change attitudes by redefining what is possible. For more information or to support IM ABLE’s mission to provide opportunities for people with adaptive needs, please go to https://imablefoundation.org.