Human or animal, prosthetics are making their way into the lives of the disabled. In Colorado, OrthoPets has manufactured devices for over 13,000 animals. A new medical algorithm is helping paralyzed patients to “relearn” muscle movements. But it seems the most advanced therapy of all is in the hands of the U.S. Navy. The Office of Naval Research is developing smart prosthetics that can also monitor health.
[The] prosthetic limb [has] built-in sensors that can track changes in movement, various health issues, and early signs of infection.
The device detects pH levels, body temperature, strain levels, and whether the prosthetic needs to be replaced.
“One game-changing application of this technology would be as a tool to inform doctors when prostheses can be safely loaded after surgery, leading to more accurate determination of when patients are ready for physical therapy after receiving a new prosthetic.”
In other words, the prosthetic is a glorified Fitbit with far more physical benefits. While I’m assuming it’s possible the prosthetics will be pricey, at least they’re available for veterans who need them.
Homelessness continues to be a pressing issue across the globe. At least 100 million people live off the streets, but good samaritans are doing what they can to help. Australian charity Every Little Bit Helps donates unused hotel toiletries to shelters. Studio Elmo Vemijs in the Netherlands recently erected a solar-powered village for transients. A blockchain program will be used by Austin to provide identity services to the homeless. To top it off, Housing Our Heroes in San Diego has successfully placed 1,007 veterans in rental homes.
Three large industrial tent structures that will shelter about 250 homeless people each are planned to be installed by the end of the year, and on Monday a city-sanctioned homeless encampment will open to about 200 people in response to a hepatitis A outbreak.
Among the 9,116 homeless veterans in the county, 5,619 are in San Diego. Housing Our Heroes hopes to assist another thousand veterans in the next 15 months. In regards to apartments, HOH offers incentives to various landlords. However, proprietor Jimmie Robinson says providing a space is not about the money.
“When you get to meet them, the satisfaction of helping people turn their lives around was more important,” he said. “When you see somebody rebuilding their lives, that’s what it’s become for me, more than than the incentives.”
Hopefully, in the coming years, we’ll get to greet all homeless veterans with a warm welcome home.
Even after the war, veterans continue to be heroes for us, animals (Google Lt. Col. Faye Cuevas!), and each other. Moved by the staggering number of PTSD-sufferers, air force veteran Donnie Davis decided to dedicate his retirement to building homes for other vets.
“The whole idea is to give them a chance to stabilize,” [says] Davis… “They don’t want handouts, but we are offering a hand.”
The cabins stand at only 300 square feet but are part of a 277-acre lakeside community. It may not be spacious, but it comes with a view — and at no cost. Organizers also assist in job hunts and counseling, and with no timeline on healing, there is no pressure to leave the village. Completely run by volunteers, funding is scarce, but Davis remains hopeful.
“When we bought this, someone asked how I am going to do this, and I said I don’t know,” Davis [says]. “It’s just faith. Everyone’s coming together and supporting this, and it’s great.”
Vets — we thank you for your service. Now it’s our turn to serve you.