At the end of 2015, the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs approved issuing ReWalk exoskeletons to certain paralyzed veterans. So far 96 people have been identified as potential candidates for the ReWalk, but this article notes that it is possible that approximately 10,000 veterans could qualify to take an exoskeleton home.
This is an exciting opportunity for those who are approved. Having a ReWalk at home offers recipients the chance to improve their mobility and perhaps also their health, and possibly to avoid some of the many pitfalls that come with prolonged sitting. It can mean progress towards recovery, or greater long-term wellness - more time out of the medical system and maybe even out in the community.
It’s a small but hopefully meaningful way to help our veterans.