Announcing the Veteran Challenge Projects for CAMVETS Fall 2019


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Challenge America is gearing up for the biannual Challenge America: Makers for Veterans (CAMVETS) program this fall in Cleveland, OH.

CAMVETS enlists the talents of experts from the private, public and social sectors who come together to create innovative solutions to the unmet needs of injured veterans. This fall, they will form 10 teams dedicated to the specific challenges of 10 injured veterans. These are the Veterans who will inspire new innovations that can then go on to help many others facing similar challenges.


CAMVETS Fall 2019 Veteran Challenge Teams

TEAM SELINA: Getting back to volunteer work   Army Veteran, Selina suffers from a condition called Ehlers Danlos. She loves to volunteer, but the physical work has caused her arms to develop tendon tears. She is looking for an assistive device that will enable her to perform some volunteer tasks again, while preventing further injury.

TEAM SELINA: Getting back to volunteer work

Army Veteran, Selina suffers from a condition called Ehlers Danlos. She loves to volunteer, but the physical work has caused her arms to develop tendon tears. She is looking for an assistive device that will enable her to perform some volunteer tasks again, while preventing further injury.

TEAM SILVIA: Managing finances and depression   Now in the Air Force Reserves, Silvia endured a sexual assault during her service that has derailed her career goals and many life plans. Now her goal is to be as healthy as possible, and that includes financial health with the dream of owning her own home for her and her daughter.

TEAM SILVIA: Managing finances and depression

Now in the Air Force Reserves, Silvia endured a sexual assault during her service that has derailed her career goals and many life plans. Now her goal is to be as healthy as possible, and that includes financial health with the dream of owning her own home for her and her daughter.

TEAM ERIC: Improved mobility outdoors   Air Force Veteran, Eric endured several injuries and trauma during his service and then in 2017, a brain tumor resulted in loss of function and feeling in his left side. He is looking for a way to ambulate outdoors more effectively so that he can get outside more with his 5-year-old son.

TEAM ERIC: Improved mobility outdoors

Air Force Veteran, Eric endured several injuries and trauma during his service and then in 2017, a brain tumor resulted in loss of function and feeling in his left side. He is looking for a way to ambulate outdoors more effectively so that he can get outside more with his 5-year-old son.

TEAM ROB: Extra-skeletal Hand Grip   Army Veteran, Robert was involved in a motor vehicle accident in 1983 that rendered him a C5 quadriplegic. Rob feels that achieving effective, extra skeletal grip would improve his quality of life immensely.

TEAM ROB: Extra-skeletal Hand Grip

Army Veteran, Robert was involved in a motor vehicle accident in 1983 that rendered him a C5 quadriplegic. Rob feels that achieving effective, extra skeletal grip would improve his quality of life immensely.

TEAM UZI 2.0: Dynamic hand stretching orthotic for spasticity   This continuation project seeks to enhance the degree and variability of stretch that Uzi and others with spasticity need to maximize hand functionality.

TEAM UZI 2.0: Dynamic hand stretching orthotic for spasticity

This continuation project seeks to enhance the degree and variability of stretch that Uzi and others with spasticity need to maximize hand functionality.

TEAM ANNMARIE: Biking with her service dog   Air Force Veteran, AnnMarie used to race bikes and competed in triathlons, but stopped riding after she got her service dog, Leigh Ann. Her goal is to get back on her bike, but she needs a solution that would allow Leigh Ann to accompany her safely.

TEAM ANNMARIE: Biking with her service dog

Air Force Veteran, AnnMarie used to race bikes and competed in triathlons, but stopped riding after she got her service dog, Leigh Ann. Her goal is to get back on her bike, but she needs a solution that would allow Leigh Ann to accompany her safely.

TEAM ASSAF: A portable seat cushion   Israeli Defense Forces Veteran and above-the-knee amputee, Assaf is not able to sit down for long periods, as it generates tremendous pain in his amputated limb. He is looking for a seat cushion to relieve this pain by supporting his limb.

TEAM ASSAF: A portable seat cushion

Israeli Defense Forces Veteran and above-the-knee amputee, Assaf is not able to sit down for long periods, as it generates tremendous pain in his amputated limb. He is looking for a seat cushion to relieve this pain by supporting his limb.

TEAM MILITARY SISTERS   As part of the Military Sisterhood Initiative (MSI) to forge a national peer support network for women of the military, the team will create an online platform where military sisters can connect with one another, share resources, and give voice to their collective strength.

TEAM MILITARY SISTERS

As part of the Military Sisterhood Initiative (MSI) to forge a national peer support network for women of the military, the team will create an online platform where military sisters can connect with one another, share resources, and give voice to their collective strength.

TEAM BILL: Exercising on his own   Air Force Veteran, Bill has a central nervous system movement disorder, which includes spasticity and paralysis. Doing leg exercises daily helps to manage the spasms, but he is not able to do them on his own. He is looking for a way to independently get his exercises in every day.

TEAM BILL: Exercising on his own

Air Force Veteran, Bill has a central nervous system movement disorder, which includes spasticity and paralysis. Doing leg exercises daily helps to manage the spasms, but he is not able to do them on his own. He is looking for a way to independently get his exercises in every day.

TEAM DIGI 2.0: Digital Service Dog App   This past Spring, Team Ginger created a mobile and smartwatch application designed to help Ginger to get out of the house and do the things that make her happy. Now the goal is to make DiGi available to all Veterans and others struggling with similar challenges for free on the App Store.

TEAM DIGI 2.0: Digital Service Dog App

This past Spring, Team Ginger created a mobile and smartwatch application designed to help Ginger to get out of the house and do the things that make her happy. Now the goal is to make DiGi available to all Veterans and others struggling with similar challenges for free on the App Store.


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At Challenge America - a 501(c)3 nonprofit - we have made it our mission to connect service members, veterans, and their families to resources and solutions that build community and give purpose to their lives. From the beginning, we set out to challenge the status quo by designing and scaling innovative, evidence-based solutions to the needs of the military community - no matter where they live. By leveraging technology, creative arts, and community solidarity, we are challenging America to think differently about how we serve our military.