Our Hartford research team presented their Underwater Prosthetic Research at the International Society of Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO) in Maui this week. It was the first international exposure for the data and they hope to engage interest all across the world.
Thank you to (pictured left to right) Michael L. McCauley MS, LCPO, Kristamarie A. Pratt, PhD, MEng, and Duffy Felmlee MSPO, CPO, FAAOP for all you do to make our wounded and injured veterans lives better!!
Thank you to Howard Altman over at the Tampa Tribune, for writing this about our upcoming Reveille Summit.
TAMPA — For more than five years, the Palm Harbor-based Combat Wounded Veteran Challenge has been taking men and women up tall mountains and down under the sea to help them recover and discover.
But on Friday, the organization, created by retired Navy Capt. David Olson, is taking its efforts to the next level. It is holding an all-day symposium on the best way forward for prosthetics and the treatment of post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.
The Reveille Symposium, being held at the Renaissance International Plaza Hotel in Tampa, is bringing together some of the top experts in all three fields, says Arlene Gillis, a board member of the Combat Wounded Veteran Challenge and director of the College of Orthotics and Prosthetics at St. Petersburg College.
“We are very excited to bring some of the forward thinkers in these areas to Tampa,” Gillis said.
The goal is to create an atmosphere for examining the best practices in each field, share concepts and discover innovations, all aimed at helping wounded, ill and injured veterans.
“We are coming together to help improve the quality of life of some of our military folks, who deserve the best quality of life possible,” Gillis said.
She added that about 100 people are expected to attend, with an audience that includes veterans and students.
The symposium is open to the public, but registration is required. It kicks off with a breakfast at 8:15 a.m., followed by three 75-minute panels and a wrap-up discussion.
During the last week, the whole Combat Wounded Veteran Challenge team has arrived down in Key West to take part in underwater case studies for orthotics and prosthetics (O&P), traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post traumatic stress (PTS). Warriors, support staff, VIP’s, and a lot of gear have flown and/or driven from all over the world to be part of this amazing adventure.
Yesterday we had some open water dives for our newly certified warriors to get acclimated to being underwater and comfortable with their gear. The water was beautiful and the reef was busy with brightly colored fish, invertebrates and coral.
Today our warriors are up at MOTE in Summerland Key doing reef restoration projects with the SCUBAnauts. There are a few news outlets there right now so I’ll post links for the footage when it’s online.
Tomorrow is dedicated to case studies for our O&P guys, and the rest of the team will be working on individual projects. Pictures will be posted ASAP.