Through our partnership with The Independence Fund, Tire Pros and its nationwide network of elite independent tire dealers, we are on a mission to mobilize America’s wounded veterans through a program we’re calling “Allies for Independence.”
With your generous donation, you will directly impact a wounded veteran and help them regain their independence and enjoy the freedoms they fought so hard to preserve through a customized all-terrain wheelchair. These motorized wheelchairs are designed specifically for the veteran’s affliction and will enable them to do the things they love and enjoy.
With your help in 2017, Tire Pros hopes to raise more than $750,000 for The Independence Fund and deliver approximately 50 all-terrain mobility devices to our nation’s heroes. Thank you for your support and for being an Ally for Independence.
Army Sergeant William Tuey
On August 13, 2016, Sergeant William Tuey was presented with a custom Action Trackchair all-terrain mobility device during halftime of the sold out LA Galaxy vs. Colorado Rapids game in Los Angeles, California. Sergeant Tuey, an Army Veteran who served during the Vietnam War, was accompanied by his grandson William. LA Galaxy President Chris Klein graciously presented William with a personalized jersey.
Army Sergeant Russel Bridges
During a deployment to Iraq in 2004, Army Sergeant Russel Bridges was severely injured and his life was changed forever. Twelve years later at the Real Salt Lake vs. FC Dallas professional soccer game at Rio Tinto Stadium in Salt Lake City, Sergeant Bridges’ life changed again, this time for the better. Accompanied by his wife and his 3 children…and thousands of humbled fans, Sergeant Bridges graciously accepted an Action Trackchair all-terrain mobility that would enable him to do more fun things with his family.
Army Captain Michael J. Trost
Dreams do come true. Just before the New York Yankees vs. Baltimore Orioles game at Yankee Stadium on August 27, 2016, US Army Captain Michael J. Trost received a custom made X8 Extreme 4x4 mobility device. Accompanied by his lovely wife and Yankees slugger Aaron Judge on the field, Captain Trost was presented a chair that would enable him to do the simple things he once enjoyed. A huge baseball fan, Captain Trost was greeted by a hearty standing ovation in front of thousands of fans.
Army Corporal Patrick Myers
In 2009, while serving near the Syrian border, Corporal Patrick Myers’ convoy was ambushed and a buried IED detonated underneath his vehicle. As a result, Corporal Myers lost both legs. His injuries have limited his ability to experience is true passion – the outdoors– specifically hunting with his sons. On September 18, 2016, at a Texas Rangers home game in Arlington, Texas, Corporal Myers, along with this his entire family, was presented a custom Action Trackchair all-terrain mobility device in front of 50,000 appreciable fans. According to Corporal Myers, “the possibilities are endless.”
Air Force Staff Sergeant Eduardo Paz
For 13 years, Staff Sergeant Eduardo Paz served in the United States Air Force including several months in Saudi Arabia. Upon his return home, doctors found and removed a tumor along his spinal cord, which ultimately resulted in partial paralysis. Unfortunately, this left Staff Sergeant Paz bound to a wheelchair permanently and unable to enjoy his favorite place, the beach. On December 2, 2016 at the PAC-12 Championship game at Levi Stadium in San Francisco, CA, Staff Sergeant Paz received a custom mobility device that will enable him and his wife to walk together on the beach. Before the game, Eduardo presented the referees with the ceremonial game ball in front of thousands of attendees at the stadium and across the country during this nationally televised game.
Army Sergeant Darren Mischke
Army Sergeant Darren Mischke served in the United States Army for nine years where he was a field engineer. During two separate tours in Iraq, Darren sustained a major injury, which ultimately resulted in a permanent brain injury. On November 12, 2016, during the Air Force Falcons homecoming night game, Sergeant Mischke received an all-terrain track chair customized to accommodate his size and his need for oxygen. Representatives from Tire World Tire Pros, his entire family, and thousands adoring cadets cheered him while he received his chair that will enable him to be more involved with his children.
The Independence Fund is a nonprofit organization that empowers our nation’s severely wounded veterans and the caregivers who support them to take control of their lives. Through its dedicated mobility and wellness programs, the Fund assists veterans in transforming their lives toward a better future. The Independence Fund believes we owe it to our veterans to provide the resources they need to move forward and build a strong foundation toward lasting emotional and physical healing in order to reestablish their independence. To learn more, visit www.independencefund.org.