BraunAbility Press Release

Just in time for the holidays, a Marine paralyzed from the shoulders down received the gift of mobility, today. A vehicle with a BraunAbility wheelchair accessible conversion was presented to active duty Marine Staff Sergeant (SSgt.) Scott Nicholas and his family at certified Braun dealer, Ride-Away. 


SSgt Scott Nicholas, a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, was paralyzed in a motorcycle accident in November 2010 in Jacksonville, North Carolina. For the past year, his wife Yolanda and family have been at his side while he has gone through rehabilitation and recovery. Scott is currently receiving therapy at the Tampa Veterans Administration hospital.


BraunAbility's conversion of the Chrysler 2011 Touring van includes a lowered-floor conversion that allows Scott to access the vehicle with his wheelchair and ride in the passenger side position. The vehicle was made possible through several grants, including a special Veterans discount of $1,111.11 from BraunAbility and Ride-Away in honor of 2011's Veteran's Day. The discount is given to any active duty service member or veteran purchasing a new BraunAbility vehicle.


Thanks also to Ride-Away's generosity, the Nicholas family received a temporary lowered-floor adapted van during the six months production time of their new adaptive vehicle.


SSgt Nicholas received the Braun van with his wife Yolanda and their three children. Also in attendance was Semper Fi Fund Case Manager Sheri Holden, Help Our Military Heroes Chairman of the Board Ted Hollander, Ride-Away President Mark Lore, and Ride-Away Tampa General Manager Jim Scruggs.


The Semper Fi Fund, which donated $12,700 towards the vehicle, helps fund specially adapted vehicles through its Adaptive Transportation grants. These grants are provided to service members who have lost limbs, or has been catastrophically injured in combat or training, or as in SSgt Nicholas case, as a result an accident while on active duty. Modified transportation is a vital component to a successful rehabilitation for someone who is severely injured. It is key to ensuring that appointments and therapies are easily attended, and more freedom of mobility is given to the service member and their families.


ABOUT RIDE-AWAY: Ride-Away is one of America's largest providers of modified vehicles

and adaptive equipment for people with disabilities. Ride-Away products are used by individuals with minor to profound disabilities requiring additional assistance while traveling and range from hand controls and lifts to raised door and lowered floor vehicle modifications. Founded in 1986, Ride-Away's 12 East Coast locations are committed to offering a broad selection of specialized vehicles and services to meet the needs of every customer. All of Ride-Away's locations are also QAP (Quality Assurance Program) certified through the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA), resulting in Ride-Away being held to the highest standards in the industry. Ride-Away also gives back to the community by contributing 10% of its earnings to various non-profit organizations throughout their

communities and also has over a 95% volunteerism rate with their employees. For more information, call (888)-RIDE-AWAY (888-743-3292) or visit our website at



The Braun Corporation is the world's leading manufacturer of wheelchair accessible vans, ramps, and wheelchair lift systems. These products enable persons with physical disabilities to regain mobility and lead active and independent lives. The Indiana-based company was founded by Ralph Braun, who was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy at a young age and unable to walk by age 15.  Ralph was motivated by his disability to invent the world's first electric scooter (the Tri-Wheeler) and wheelchair lift (the Lift-A-Way) in his parents' garage.  Word spread and demand for the product increased, resulting in the birth of Save-A-Step Manufacturing, which ultimately became The Braun Corporation.  The company, via the BraunAbility brand, offers the most diverse model lineup in the industry, including the most popular minivan models from Dodge, Chrysler, Honda, and Toyota.  For more information about the Braun Corporation or our outstanding line of wheelchair accessible vehicles, please visit or   


ABOUT HELP OUR MILITARY HEROES: Help Our Military Heroes, Inc., (HOMH) ( is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the military wounded with fully equipped handicapped vehicles. HOMH is donation-driven with 100% of funding going toward purchasing special-needs vehicles and awarding them to military heroes in need. HOMH recognizes that every case is different and works with each individual in need to modify a vehicle specific to his or her injuries. HOMH was co-founded in 2009 by Laurie and Ted Hollander and Marybeth Vandergrift. Our Executive Board is comprised of Veterans, Educators, Athletes, Lawyers, and Business Executives all who all come together with one goal: to make life better for our wounded soldiers.


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