A Message from the Chapter:
The Gamma Alpha chapter of KA at Louisiana Tech University was founded on January 1st, 1947. Our approximately 100 members come from across the southern United States. Mainly Shreveport, Monroe, Alexandria, and Baton Rouge Louisiana and other smaller towns across Louisiana. We also have members from Houston, Texas and Georgia. Most brothers have a major in either the College of Engineering or Business. We also have some in a pre-med track or Construction and agricultural management, as well as aviation and pre-law. A third of our guys have family members that have served or currently are serving. We also have one currently serving in National Guard, and three that are shipping to Basic Training in the next few months.
About this Initiative:
In 2016, the Zeta Phi Chapter of Kappa Alpha Order at High Point University began ‘Operation KARE’ (Knowledge, Awareness, Results, Empower) - a student led initiative aimed at raising money to provide Track Chairs for wounded veterans. We were motivated by the service and sacrifice of the brave men and women who serve in uniform. Realizing that they were not much older than we were at the time, we wanted to do something tangible and meaningful for them. Between 2016 and 2018 our group has raised AND donated over $68,000 to the Independence Fund to provide Track Chairs and other wellness programs for veterans around the country. To achieve this, we built a nationwide coalition of 300+ donors — individuals, businesses, and other organizations — from 28 states around the country. While many of the people who began this have since graduated college, we want to continue in our mission to care for our nation’s most deserving.
This year, we are expanding this initiative to include KA chapters on college campuses around the country to support the Independence Fund and our veterans.
Founded in 2007, The Independence Fund is committed to empowering our nation’s severely wounded, injured, or ill Veterans to overcome the physical, mental, and emotional wounds incurred in the line of duty. Through their Mobility, Caregiver, Advocacy, and Adaptive Sports programs, The Independence Fund provides dynamic resources to bridge the gap of unmet needs for Veterans and their caregivers. The organization ensures that the services they provide focus on the goal of giving our Veterans the best mobility device options available, as well as promoting the mental and physical health of both our Veterans, and their families. For more details regarding the Independence Fund’s mission, how to donate, or ways to get involved, please visit www.independencefund.org.