INDEPENDENCE CORPS

aka Spartan Alliance   |   Dallas, TX   |  www.spartanweekend.org

Mission

Helping to restore injured American Veterans their Independence, freedom and dignity that comes with greater Mobility.

Suicide Intervention. Regardless of what's the precise statistic to quote, Suicides and Attempted Suicides among our veteran population must be addressed. Independence Corps has seen that helping veterans regain independence can help with feelings of wellbeing, but we want to work to be part of the solution to reduce veteran suicides and so we have began a Spartan Weekend initiative!

Notes from the nonprofit

Starting in 2020 we have added First Responders, Police Officers and Fire Fighters who have been injured and disabled as a result of a line of duty incident as potential recipients of high-tech mobility devices.

Ruling year info

2008

Founder/President

Gary Lawson

Co-President

Mr Steven Danyluk

Main address

13770 Noel Rd. 803524

Dallas, TX 75240 USA

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Formerly known as

Hueys 091 Foundation

EIN

36-4605639

NTEE code info

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Independence-• Providing the tools, therapies and guidance that severely injured veterans are otherwise not receiving. Camaraderie-• Championing the value of physical activity no matter what the level of disability.
• Promoting the use of art as a tool of healing. The mission of providing America's disabled veterans with the tools and assistance that they otherwise are not receiving, and to fund and promote physical and leisure/athletic activities that enhance the veteran's physical and emotional well-being.
• Breaking down the barriers between the disabled and able bodied communities through community based events like the Spartan Cycling Rides.
events like Spartan Weekend are important steps in bringing both the physical and emotional healing that is lacking in many of these veterans lives.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Spartan Alliance- Spartan Weekends

The Spartan Alliance is an initiative of The Independence Corps, 501(c)(3), non-profit. We determined to make a difference in lives of veterans. We have two missions Independence through greater mobility. And, reducing the unacceptable suicide rate plaguing our nation’s Veterans the Veteran's Administration estimates is claiming on average 20 heroes each day. Something needs to be done.
In the Fall of 2015, the Spartan Alliance decided to host an event in our nation's Capital, Washington, DC, to bring awareness and raise funds to combat this epidemic that has a ripple effect that extends far beyond the immediate victim. In honor of both the Warrior culture, the Spartan Alliance decided to name the event, "The Spartan Weekend."
The Spartan Pledge
The Spartan Pledge is a short pledge, administered by a sponsor and taken by a Warfighter orVeteran in order to ensure that no matter how dark the day may seem, suicide is not an option. The Veteran is then obligated to call his/her sponsor if he/she ever considers suicide as an option. This “layer” has been 100% successful and not a single veteran who has taken the Spartan Pledge has died by their own hand. In addition to the Pledge, the Spartan Weekend will allow these heroes to, bond in fellowship with their wounded comrades— wonderful therapy and participation in athletic events (golf, bike ride —as they are physically able.
Our severely wounded warriors deserve the continuing support of our grateful Nation.

Population(s) Served

Our Mobility Program provides disabled veterans the chance to get back outside and to be unrestricted by building and street barriers, so that they can enjoy the outdoors through a variety of devices that include all terrain wheelchairs and iBOTS. Help us give a Veteran back their freedom and independence.

Population(s) Served

Military caregivers don’t often ask for help, but they deserve our support. The role of caregiver whether a spouse, parent, family member or friend who cares for and supports a wounded, ill or injured service member is an important one. While most of the focus on caregivers tend to be on older populations caring for persons with chronic conditions or dementia, military caregivers tend to be younger adults with dependent-age children who are dealing with a different set of patient variables, including physical and mental trauma. Along with providing assistance and assuming responsibilities typically conducted by nurses, orderlies, and attendants, military caregivers also act as case managers who coordinate care, sometimes across multiple health systems, advocates for new treatment and better care, and financial and legal representatives for their loved one. Many of them are also parenting children and holding down jobs outside the home. Researchers estimate there are between 275,000 and 1 million women and men who are providing care or have provided care for military members or veterans who served in Iraq or Afghanistan. Caregivers include spouses, children, and parents of military members and veterans. We understand that behind every disabled service member is a wounded family. Wounded service members aren’t the only ones who have battle scars. Spartan Alliance strongly believes wounded families bear their own concise battle scars, and it is necessary for our communities to help with the adjustment requirements of these families.
Who cares for the Caregiver? Each wound, injury, and illness are unique and different. It is essential to the emotional well-being of a Military Caregiver to know they are not alone. Often, the unseen injuries of war have a far more significant impact, than the wounds that are visible. Be a part of something more significant, be a supporter of this endeavor.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

bring 50 injured Veterans and their Caregivers together for a very special 4 days/3nights.

Offering a cycling event, fitness challenges, group art therapy and other fun activities
Spartan Weekend is a support event where veterans, firefighters, and other First Responders are able to enjoy life and build camaraderie outside the military, as they had inside the military.
Spartan Alliance encourages and promotes the establishment of permanent “Battle Buddy" networks based on the unique experience and bond, being a proud member of the military and first responder community holds

Promoting the use of art and physical activity as a tool of healing. The mission of providing America's disabled veterans with the tools and assistance that they otherwise are not receiving, and to fund and promote physical and leisure/athletic activities that enhance the veteran's physical and emotional well-being.

Spartan Weekends…. 1. Learn about community services and local businesses, who support Veterans.
2. Engage in demonstrations and learn about resources readily available to them.
3. Acquire useful knowledge for their journey from Active Duty through early Civilian life. Provide tools, therapies, etc. build camaraderie among the Veterans and Caregivers

In 1.5 years of incorporating Spartan Weekends and Mobility assistance during a 3 day all inclusive weekend. Veterans and Caregivers, have been able to build new relationships. Having that relationship outside the military, as they did inside the military is imperative to their healing and transition into civilian life.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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INDEPENDENCE CORPS

Board of directors
as of 3/23/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Gary Lawson

Independence Corps

Term: 2008 -


Board co-chair

Mr. Steven Danyluk

www.independencecorps.org

Term: 2015 -

Larry Shatto

Independence Corps

Charles Bogle

Independence Corps

Chad Colley

Independence Corps

James Gigrich

Independence Corps

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No