JMU Donates Wounded Veteran All-Terrain Chair

After presenting virtually on Zoom in 2022, the Zeta Theta chapter presented veteran Sgt. Randall Pope with an all-terrain track chair during halftime of the JMU’s Military Appreciation football game on November 19, 2022.  Pope of Woodford, Virginia, served with the first Attack Helicopter Company for eight and a half years.  To donate and outfit the chair, the chapter fundraised more than $20,000 for the Independence Fund throughout the past year.

In 2016, the Zeta Phi Chapter partnered with The Independence Fund and began a student-led initiative aimed at raising money to provide Track Chairs for wounded veterans, and has given away eight track chairs to date. Additionally, the initiative spread to other chapters with members of the chapter sharing best practices and providing support. Across the Order, nearly $1 million has been raised and donated to provide track chairs and support The Independence Fund’s programs that help veterans overcome physical and psychological wounds of war.