wounded warriors

June 1, 2016
By Sandra Jontz
Prototype anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) implants are made with a carbon foam bone-graft substitute material and can be placed inside a patient’s spinal cage to aid in rapid fusion of the spine.

Imagine if the need to amputate injured limbs were a thing of the past. The notion is not so far-fetched, thanks in part to collaborative research by scientists perfecting technology derived from the aerospace industry.

Preclinical trials using composite materials ordinarily found on airplanes have successfully demonstrated the regrowth of bone in small and large animal models, says Joel White, a biomedical research engineer at the National Center of Innovation for Biomaterials in Orthopaedic Research (CIBOR) at Wichita State University’s National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR).

March 22, 2016
By Sandra Jontz
Ryan Proscia (center in dark blue) and his wife Jennifer (l) receive keys to a new home in Florida donated by Military Warriors Support Foundation, Bank of America and sponsored by Diligent Consulting.

Ryan Proscia and his family now have a home. 

That wasn't always the case. The 28-year-old wounded Army corporal and his wife of seven years, Jennifer Proscia, used to rely on the generosity of family and friends for a roof over their heads—even if just temporarily. When their luck ran out, they said they just did not know what they were going to do.

Military Warriors Support Foundation ensured they wouldn't have to find out.

Through the organization's efforts Proscia, Jennifer and their two young daughters on Tuesday received keys to their very own home in Spring Hill, Florida.

May 29, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

The IED IMPACT (Injured Military Personnel Assisting Combat Troops) app for iPad provides wounded warriors with a way to connect with and give back to their units. The program is designed specifically to serve the counter-improvised explosive device (IED) community. Through the application, members of the community can view video interviews from wounded warriors sharing their personal experiences with actual IED strikes during combat. The app "allows a more immediate catharsis for these veterans by sharing their story within a secure platform of people who appreciate the combat environment," said Ken Falke, co-founder of the program.

May 18, 2012
By Henry Kenyon

On a (very) hot recent Saturday in a suburb of Tampa, Florida, two soldiers put on their scuba gear and slipped below the water's surface to train for an upcoming journey to another country. Their plan is not to infiltrate hostile territory, recue a hostage nor capture an enemy. No, their goal is to swim under the ocean even though on land they navigate the terrain in wheelchairs.

March 15, 2012
By Rita Boland

Catastrophically wounded or ill service members and people involved in their care can access the Special Compensation for Assistance with Activities of Daily Living (SCAADL) calculator to determine the amount of stipend they can receive to help cover nonmedical expenses. Authorized under the Fiscal Year 2010 National Defense Authorization Act, SCAADL is a monthly compensation for eligible service members who require assistance with daily living or who are at high risk for personal safety and cannot live independently.

March 6, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

A new app from the U.S. Defense Department provides wounded warriors with a comprehensive mobile resource guide. The Compensation and Benefits Handbook for Wounded, Ill and Injured Members of the Armed Forces is available for Android and iOS devices. The application allows service members and their families to access information at any time about benefits available to them upon separation or retirement as a result of a serious injury or illness. It includes resources for recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration, including chapters on medical care, Defense Department pay and allowances, the Disability Evaluation System and returning to civilian life.

March 1, 2012
By Rita Boland

Homes on the Homefront is more than just a catchy name. This partnership between Operation Homefront and Chase Bank will give at least 100 wounded-warrior, military and veterans' families their own permanent homes this year. In addition, selectees will receive financial counseling. First priority will go to families currently living in Operation Homefront Village.

August 3, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

An agreement between the two largest civilian employers in the U.S. Defense Department expands hiring programs for disabled veterans. The U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC) and the Naval Sea System Command (NAVSEA) signed a memorandum of understanding to combine their existing wounded warrior programs: Always a Soldier and the Wounded Warrior Program, respectively. Under the agreement, the commands will jointly set and monitor wounded warrior hiring and lead management of the programs.

February 22, 2010
By Katie Packard

The Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) is a group of blinded veterans who help other blinded veterans. It was established to help veterans and their families overcome the challenges of sight limitations. The organization offers service programs, regional groups, resources and government advocacy to improve life for blinded veterans, whether they incurred the disability during or after active military service. The BVA also helps encourage and support blinded veterans. The services of and membership in the organization are free, and becoming a member is not a prerequisite for obtaining assistance.