Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Army with a future for amputees

Army with a future for amputees
Thursday, 08 November 2007

RETURNING SERVICEMEN: A growing number of US army amputees are seeking to rejoin their units.

For some amputees in a rehabilitation exercise room at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, recovery means choosing to return to active duty in the US Army.
Outfitted with computer-powered artificial limbs, one in five of about 350 soldiers whose cases have been considered by a medical review board after their treatment for injuries in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars aims to rejoin their unit.
More than 700 US troops have lost limbs in those wars and have been treated either at Walter Reed, the premier military hospital in Washington, or other military facilities around the country.

Bryan Florence
Saul Bosquez
Gregory Gadson

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