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More Amputees Returning to Active Duty Thanks to Technology

05 January 2018

It used to be that if service members experienced an injury as serious as the loss of a limb, his or her active duty career might effectively be over.

Now, thanks to the advances in technology employed by the Department of Defense medical system, over 1,500 service members who have lost limbs in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq since 2001 have experienced improved prosthetics and a shorter recovery process — which, in many cases, has allowed service members to continue their careers.

Watch the accompanying video about how the U.S. Air Force in particular has implemented these improvements.

To contact the author of this article, email marie.donlon@ieeeglobalspec.com


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