What is the SoldierSuit?
SoldierStrong has partnered with some of America’s most advanced medical technology companies to make their devices accessible to our returning veterans. The SoldierStrong SoldierSuit is comprised of several state-of-the-art rehabilitation and powered prosthetic technologies. The SoldierSuit aids in veteran rehabilitation for a variety of both combat and non-combat-related disabilities.
Used together or on their own, SoldierSuit components help disabled veterans live fulfilling, empowered lives long after their service to our country is over. Eligible veterans are either fitted and provided their own prosthetic devices or are given exoskeleton devices and prescribed rehab time in the equipment. Robotic exoskeleton technology is commonly used for spinal cord injuries, strokes, and Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI).
SoldierStrong is always open to partnering with new companies to help veterans and expand the SoldierSuit mission of transforming lives. New partners must meet three category demands, which are reviewed by our medical advisory board. One, current insurance coverage and/or access must be limited. Two, clinically tested outcomes must be transformative in terms of recipient quality of life improvement. And three, a partner company must provide the device at or near cost. As a nonprofit for veterans, SoldierStrong works to provide advanced yet accessible physical therapy treatments for disabled veterans.
The SoldierSuit program not only helps veterans but also benefits all of America. Our partners create excellent American jobs that strengthen our local communities. Our partners continue to push the possibilities of technology forward and keep our country at the cutting edge. Learn more about SoldierStrong’s partners who are working to change the lives of injured veterans and their families.
Since 2005, Ekso Bionics has been pioneering the field of robotic exoskeleton suits, or wearable robots, to augment human strength, endurance, and mobility. The company’s Ekso GT(™) robotic exoskeleton suit has helped thousands of people with paralysis take millions of steps not otherwise possible. By designing and creating some of the most forward-thinking and innovative solutions for people looking to augment human capabilities, Esko Bionics is helping people rethink current physical limitations and achieve the remarkable.
“The feeling of standing and walking again is indescribable. The first time I used the rehab suit was two years after my injury, two years of living life in a wheelchair. The first time I stood up and looked across the room, it was like reaching the summit of a mountain and looking down on the world. I am very fortunate to have received this gift from SoldierStrong, and even more fortunate to be able to experience looking down on the world from my mountain every day.”
-U.S. Army Sergeant, paralyzed April 2011 by an IED in Afghanistan
Mobius Bionics is a Manchester, NH medical device company that is bringing the amazing Luke prosthetic arm system to upper limb amputees. The Luke Arm System was developed by DEKA Research & Development Corp. with the support of the VA and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the Revolutionizing Prosthetics program.
The Luke Arm is the first integrated prosthetic arm system cleared by the FDA, offering a powered shoulder, humeral rotator, and multi-articulating wrist. The robotic arm also has multiple, preprogrammed grips and a sensor that provides grip force feedback. It’s adaptable for different amputation levels and is durable enough to withstand a variety of environments.
Myomo, Inc. is a medical technology company that is leading the way in extending prosthetic technology to powered bracing (exoskeleton suit) devices to restore mobility. The company’s mission is to improve function and mobility and restore independence for individuals who suffer from debilitating muscle weakness due to neuro-muscular disabilities.
The MyoPro® is a myoelectric arm orthosis designed to enable individuals to self-initiate and control movements of a partially paralyzed or weakened arm. This Myomo technology uses recipients’ own muscle signals and thus helps restore function. The MyoPro is custom fit to each user and is available at select VA hospitals.
BionX Medical Technologies
Since 2006, BionX Medical Technologies has been committed to offering bionic solutions that restore normalized function and quality of life for people with amputations. More than 1,000 people have experienced the power of Personal Bionics through its BiOM ankle since it has been commercially available in 2011. The BiOM ankle is the only prosthesis with powered propulsion for enhanced mobility. Only BiOM Personal Bionics offers a unique combination of power, control, and stability which allows users to get more out of life without thinking about their mobility.
BionX Medical Technologies received funding support from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Army’s Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC).
Who is it for?
Currently, SoldierStrong outfits former soldiers with lower and upper extremity paralysis with devices that enable them to walk and use their arms again. With medical clearance, the Ekso Suit can typically facilitate mobility for individuals with up to C7 complete, or any incomplete spinal cord injury who can transfer from a wheelchair independently. The MyoPro® myoelectric arm assists people with long-term arm weakness or paralysis due to CVA, TBI, SCI, and other CNS impairments. Our partners are continually refining their technologies to accommodate a larger range of conditions impacting American veterans. SoldierStrong is always searching for new partners, addressing combat-related injuries, and furthering our goal of having the greatest impact possible. SoldierStrong also works to provide SoldierSuit donations to veterans and VAs to increase access to exoskeletons for paralyzed and otherwise injured veterans.