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.
coming up: Makers for veterans, cleveland fall 2019
save the dates!
welcome Reception: August 28th, 2019 6-8PM @ the Global Center for Health Innovation
KICK-OFF EVENT: SEPTEMBER 20TH, 2019 @ ST EDWARD HIGH SCHOOL
MAKE-A-THON: november 8-10th, 2019 @ st edward high school
closing ceremony: november 11th, 2019 @ the global center for health innovation
FALL 2019 Veteran Challenges
Challenge: 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.
Challenge: Biking with her service dog
Former U.S. Air Force Civil Engineer, AnnMarie used to race bikes and competed in triathlons, but stopped riding after she got her service dog, Leigh Ann, who is now always by her side. Her goal is to get back on her bike, but she needs a solution that would allow Leigh Ann to accompany her safely.
Challenge: 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.
Challenge: 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.
Challenge: Managing finances and depression
Now in the Air Force Reserves, Silvia endured trauma 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.
Challenge: Extra-skeletal Hand Grip
Army Veteran, Robert was involved in a motor vehicle accident in 1983 that rendered him a C5 quadriplegic. Rob feels achieving effective, extra skeletal grip would improve his quality of life immensely.
Challenge: Military Sisterhood Initiative
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.
Challenge: 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.
Challenge: Getting on a Motorcycle Again
Army and Marine Corps Veteran, Charles (AKA “Z”) survived three tours in Iraq without injury, but was hit by a drunk driver during his time home. Since losing his entire left leg, one of the things that Z misses most is the sense of connection and freedom that he gets from riding a motorcycle. His team will work on adjustments to his prosthetic leg that allow him to straddle a bike.
Challenge: Leg Lifting Device
Israeli Defense Forces Veteran and acting Director General of the Disabled Veterans Organization of Israel, Avi is looking for a solution that will allow him to lift his legs up a few times a day while at work, to help avoid spasticity. His team will work to create a device that attaches to his wheelchair and raises his legs into position.
PAST VETERAN CHALLENGES & SOLUTIONS
Challenge: Transferring between his handcycle and wheelchair
Challenge: A tech companion to combat PTSD symptoms throughout her day
Challenge: Two-arm stone lift
Challenge: Getting up from and down to floor to play with his baby
Challenge: Using his devices so that he can go back to school
Challenge: controlling his devices without assistance
Challenge: Automated hand stretching orthotic for spasticity
Challenge: To dance again
Challenge: A digital service dog
Challenge: Compression travel pants
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.