Daily News header

iBOT, The Stair Climbing Robot - A Lifeline for Disabled Veterans

By  

The amazing iBOT is a stair-climbing robot that can take a disabled veteran to places they wouldn't normally be able to go. It can also raise them up to around the height they would be if they could stand on their own.

The iBOT has many characteristics like a motorized wheelchair, but it is definitely much more than that. The iBOT is so good that it can raise the quality of life for the disabled, and vastly improve their mental state.

Unfortunately, the cost of the iBOT units made them hard to afford for many veterans, and in December 2009, as the economy was deteriorating, production of the iBOT was terminated by Johnson & Johnson.

Because Medicare would not expand funding for the iBOT in 2006, America's Huey 091 Foundation stepped up to help. The foundation's iBOT effort was initiated in 2007 and gained the financial and organizational support to supply 23 iBOTs to handicapped veterans. The VA also provided a total of 63 iBOT units.

The principal mission of America's Huey 091 Foundation today is to "Help Restore the Freedom and Dignity to our Nations' Wounded Disabled Heroes."

huey logo
America's Huey 091 foundation logo

Now, America's Huey 091 Foundation, an all volunteer organization, and DEKA Engineering and Research, the company led by Dean Kamen, the inventor of the iBOT, are working together to return this unique mobility device to production.

Gary Sinise and the Lt Dan Band, who undertake many initiatives in support of the military and first responders, are working with America's Huey 091 Foundation to promote a new initiative to restart production of the iBOT.

In the video below, Gary Sinise relates the life-changing benefits of the iBOT provided to handicapped veterans.

Colonel (Ret) Charles Bogle told NewsBlaze that Americas Huey 091 Foundation is asking people to join them in returning the iBOT to production. Colonel Bogle can be contacted by email at militaryretiree@centurytel.net

iBots change everything for paralyzed or amputee veterans

Thanks for your support.

Charles Bogle
Foundation VP
Americas Huey 091 Foundation

  Please leave a comment here     If it does not display within 10 seconds, please refresh the page

Related Top Stories News

We have to find these missing people by reaching out to them as they are not coming to us on their own for a variety of reasons. We have to get them diagnosed and put on treatment. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and Civil Society Organization
A male rhino calf, that was injured by a tiger, was treated on Monday morning by the IFAW-WTI run Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation MVS team.
According to reports, at least one person was killed and 20 others were injured in a powerful explosion in Upper Assam's Dibrugarh district.
The students allege illegal Bangladeshis and jihadis have encroached in Kaziranga National Park and government lands in other parts of the state.
In Winter Light, Yara Arts Group performs a World Music Theater piece including the Koliadnyky, an ensemble of winter song singers from Kryvorivnia and scenes from the Ukraine crisis.
Following a tip off, a joint team of police and army had launched operation in the remote area, where the militant duo was killed in the encounter.

 

NewsBlaze Writers Of The Month



Popular Stories This Month

newsletter logo

NewsBlaze
Copyright © 2004-2014 NewsBlaze Pty. Ltd.
Use of this website is subject to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy  | DMCA Notice               Press Room   |    Visit NewsBlaze Mobile Site