Paralyzed Army veteran Gene Laureano cried when he first walked again with robotic legs at a New York clinic as part of research sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs. But when the study ended, so did his ability to walk.
The VA has agreed to pay for the powered exoskeleton for eligible paralyzed veterans with spinal cord injuries — marking the first federal coverage policy for robotic legs in the United States.
Florida Republican Rep. Jeff Miller, chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, said his committee has been pushing for the VA to use “innovative private sector technologies and products in order to better serve veterans, and we hope to see more of this in the future.”
TheOldManSays that this is a rather bold step for the Veterans Administration. There has to be a level of trust in the ability of the VA to follow through successfully with this endeavor. There must be an oversight component to insure that this program goes the way it is intended to perform.