What Is Camvets?
VETERANS IDENTIFY THEIR INDIVIDUAL CHALLENGES
As with all of our programs, CAMVETS starts with the needs of our veterans (or Challenge Knowers), empowering them to tell us what they need and then to be a part of making the solution.
2- TEAMS OF EXPERTS COME TOGETHER TO BUILD SOLUTIONS
Next we put the experts to work (or Solution Makers) during a 3-day intensive make-a-thon (a making marathon!) to create innovative solutions that directly address the need at hand.
3- A SOLUTION FOR ONE CAN BECOME A SOLUTION FOR MANY
Following each event, we work with our Challenge Teams and strategic partners to develop viable solutions into products and services that can help veterans and others facing similar challenges.
Meet the 2019 Veteran Challenge Knowers
Challenge: Transferring between his handcycle and wheelchair
Brett loves to handcycle with his kids. He is looking for a device to help him to transfer himself from his wheelchair to his handcycle on his own.
Challenge: A tech companion to combat PTSD symptoms throughout her day
Ginger struggles with PTSD due to Military Sexual Trauma and would like to have a technological solution that provides coping mechanisms at the right moments to guide her through her day.
Challenge: Two-arm stone lift
Disabled strength sports competitor, James Spurgin, dreams of doing a two-arm stone lift, despite having no function in his right arm.
Challenge: Getting up from and down to floor to play with his baby
Chris and his wife are awaiting their first child and he wants a device that will allow him to get down on the floor to play with his baby.
Challenge: Using his devices so that he can go back to school
Todd is a bilateral hand amputee and he is looking for a solution to be able to easily use his computer and phone so that he can start to pursue his goal of going back to school.
Challenge: controlling his devices without assistance
Marine Corps veteran, Lee Tomlin, is quadriplegic and would like to be able to control his devices to read and watch movies without assistance.
Challenge: Hand relaxing gloves
Veteran of the Israeli Counter Terror Unit, Uzi is looking for a glove to provide pain relief and relaxation in his hands while he sleeps.
PAST VETERAN CHALLENGES & SOLUTIONS
CAMVETS PARTNERS AND SPONSORS
CAMVETS grew out of our partnership with Israeli nonprofit, Restart, on their flagship program called Makers For Heroes. Challenge America led the U.S. delegation to the 2018 Makers For Heroes in Tel Aviv, Israel and witnessed the miraculous solutions and transformative experience that came out of it for our veterans and everyone involved. We were so inspired that we decided right then and there that we needed to bring it back to the U.S. And so CAMVETS was born.