“Te plant closure has really changed the very nature of what we do because what we’re doing now is keeping an aging fleet operating,” Kerr said. “Every time we award a new device, we have to consider how long can we keep that device going.”

Te 186 units allows Segs4Vets to continuing awarding devices for about four years. Kerr noted the organization is focused on finding an alternative solution to replace the device used by Segs4Vets.

When the events with the plant closure transpired, a friend questioned Kerr about why the organization just didn’t quit.

“He said we were volunteers who didn’t get paid. Tis was our chance to retire, saying we did the best we could,” Kerr said. “Tat’s just not in our nature. We started thinking about these men and women and wondered what they would do without us. Tat’s not the direction that we wanted to go because a need still exists and without our folks making sure things are good for these men and women, it will leave them in a lurch, and were just not willing to do that.”

As 2020 winds down, Segs4Vets has a long list of recipients to award. Tey are trying to complete and hopes to giſt 20 to 30 devices to recipients by the end of the

year. Tis partly depends on where individuals live, the travel restrictions regarding COVID and the availability of volunteers for training.

“It’s cool to see enlightenment that comes when individuals receive a device and the sudden epiphany of what this can do for them,” Kerr said. “Te reality is that it takes time for them to use it and figure out how the tool is best used in their world.”

For the Segs4Vets volunteers, it’s even more rewarding when they can keep someone who uses their Segway or ALLY chair every day up and running. Tat’s why the

organization continues to remind its supporters and the public that their donations truly make a difference.

“It’s harder to raise money to put a new wheel on a device or buy a new battery,” Kerr said. “It’s not as sexy as giving someone a Segway or ALLY chair but just as important. Te reality is that those men and women who have served in the military and became severely injured have a life full of compromises in front of them. Tey need tools that Segs4Vets can provide them that allow them to live a productive and joyful life — what Segs4Vets does has a tremendous return to society.”


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