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Segs4Vets improves the quality of life for permanently disabled veterans and first responders through the application of new technologies. We focus on the successful reintegration of veterans and first responders into their families and communities by creating customized mobility devices (Segways and ALLY Chair adapted Segways) and technology-based workforce development solutions that create a sense of purpose and independence for our nation’s heroes.
Segs4Vets, a highly acclaimed nonprofit organization, improves the quality of life for permanently disabled veterans through the application of new technologies. We focus on the successful reintegration of veterans into their families and communities by creating customized mobility devices (Segways and ALLY Chair adapted Segways) that create a sense of purpose and independence for our nation’s heroes. Segs4Vets early years were focused on raising public awareness of the rights of people with disabilities using technology that benefited them and on advocacy to make sure that universally designed devices were included and protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act, so veterans who received these devices had access to public places.
Segs4Vets started in 2005 to serve as a real-life example of how universally designed technology can restore dignity and independence to people with disabilities, specifically severely-disabled men and women veterans returning from service to our nation in Iraq and Afghanistan. The program, which was originally designed to give away one Segway, has provided more than 2,000 universally designed mobility devices to help disabled veterans and first responders rebuild a foundation of independence. In addition to the devices themselves, the program provides ongoing support—including battery replacement, device repair and support for recipients.
Segs4Vets established assessment and training programs at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, and Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas in 2006; as well as the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, California in 2008.
In June 2019, Segs4Vets began a collaboration with Caterpillar, Inc.’s (CAT) Autonomy and Automation Construction Digital & Technology Division to create the Command for Dozing Workforce Development program—assessing and developing career opportunities for our disabled veterans that were previously not accessible. Members of our Warrior Board experienced this technology firsthand by operating a D8 dozer in Tucson, Arizona via real-time remote control from a command trailer in St. Louis, Missouri.
Ultimately, this program could lead to an extraordinary, untapped workforce of disabled American veterans operating heavy equipment around the globe remotely from the command facilities near their homes. We are working to rapidly expand this program to serve more disabled veterans to provide our American heroes with workforce training, job placement, and high paying jobs—providing them with a purpose-filled life, and creating a pipeline for the rapidly growing waste management and mining industries.
Segs4Vets is staffed primarily by volunteers throughout the country and both the organization and its volunteers have received numerous awards and recognition, including the Spirit of Hope Award for outstanding service to the United States of America presented by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of the Army's Public Service Award for distinguished public service in providing outstanding support to our Nation's veterans, and the Congressional Medal of Honor Society's Distinguished Citizen Award.