Unveiling the Life-changing Technology That Supports Our Wounded Veterans

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According to the World Health Organization, more than one billion people across the globe require assistive technology (AT) but only 10% of the population has access to it. The Assistive Technology Industry Association describes AT as “any item, piece of equipment, software program, or product system that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of persons with disabilities.” Wounded veterans are one group particularly in need of this kind of technology. Since 9/11, more than 2.5 million Americans have served in the military, with 80% of those having spent some time overseas. The Department of Veterans Affairs has assigned disability ratings to approximately 40% of post-9/11 active-duty veterans, a significantly higher proportion compared to veterans of other eras. Returning to civilian life can present enormous physical and mental challenges for wounded veterans. Fortunately, innovative technologies are helping to rehabilitate veterans and ease their transition back into society.

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