CRESCO, Iowa (May 7, 2014) – Segs4Vets has been distributing Segways to wounded veterans since 2005. In 2014, though, they’re poised to take their organization to the next level, courtesy of a new trailer from Featherlite.
“This terrific trailer is a great way for us to spread the news about our mission,” said Jerry Kerr, President of Segs4Vets, a project of Disability Rights Advocates for Technology (DRAFT). “We have awarded more than 1,200 Segways so far, and we don’t want to stop until we meet the needs of every wounded warrior with mobility challenges.’’
The trailer debuted in Las Vegas, and from there has gone to presentations around the United States to show the value of the Segway for the disabled. It will also help demonstrate how universally designed technology can create a level playing field for people with disabilities.
“This trailer allows us to maintain a consistent assessment and training program,” Kerr said. “The video screen installed on the side of the trailer not only spreads our message but is a great tool for the classroom portion of our training. Now we can do all of our training outside. We can even use the ramp on this trailer to help vets practice riding up and down inclined surfaces on their Segways.”
In addition to the presentation and training, the trailer also features a shop area in the front. “Vets can bring their Segways, get them assessed, and if they need a repair, we can do it right there,” Kerr said.
The versatility of the trailer has been a happy surprise for Segs4Vets. “I was looking for a quality trailer, and I happened on Featherlite,” Kerr said. “I wanted something that would last and be a good investment, but when I started talking with Featherlite we ended up designing a trailer that would do so much more than I ever thought possible.”
Featherlite Trailers, headquartered in Cresco, Iowa, offers a versatile line of trailers for recreational and business uses, including livestock, cargo, car, horse and flatbed trailers. For more information, call 800-800-1230, visit a local dealer or go to the web at www.fthr.com/tnews.
Featherlite Trailers is a North American leader in designing, manufacturing and marketing high quality aluminum specialty trailers, specialized transporters and custom mobile marketing trailers. Featherlite has highly diversified product lines offering hundreds of standard model and custom-designed horse, livestock, car, recreational and utility trailers through an extensive dealer network in the U.S. and Canada. Featherlite is part of the Universal Trailer Corporation’s family of brands.
Disability Rights Advocates for Technology (DRAFT) is a 501c3 created to represent people with disabilities who refuse to be defined by their disability and whose passionate enthusiasm for participation in life’s activities is supported by Universal Design and new and emerging technologies. The organization is a member of Military, Veterans & Patriotic Service Organizations of America and has been certified as one of the best charities in America by the Independent Charities Seal of Excellence, an honor accorded fewer than 2,000 of the more than one million public charities in the United States. DRAFT is the only organization to ever receive a blanket waiver from the U.S. military allowing a gift in excess to $1,000 to severely injured active duty military force members serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. For more information on the program go to www.segs4vets.org.