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Disabled Veterans among First to Try Out Bionic Ankle System

Posted on February 15, 2016 by Disability Help Group

Traumatic amputation is a growing concern for many soldiers who face the dangers of roadside bombs and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) while serving in active combat zones. A recently developed bionic ankle system, BiOM, is being put to use by prosthetic services at the Dayton Veteran Affairs Medical Center with 3 veterans already praising the new technology.

The system is crafted from aluminum and titanium parts and controlled though normalizing metabolic efficiency, allowing for veterans to self-manage their walking speed, for a comfortable feel and cutting down on fatigue. The prosthetic system is showing great relief for the select few veterans testing it out, which may prompt the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to begin offering it to more disabled veterans at other locations.

When a veteran loses a limb due to their military service they are awarded a 100% disability rating. This designation qualifies them for veterans’ disability benefits at the maximum rates, as well as access to the medical care offered by VA hospitals.

Veterans who have suffered a traumatic amputation should begin the application process for veterans’ disability benefits immediately to begin seeking the resources to find the best solution for their prosthetic needs.

If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, a South Florida disability representative from Disability Help Group is ready to help. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits contact our veteran’s disability rights firm today – 1-(800)-800-3332.