making solutions for injured veterans from the U.s. and israel
VETERANS IDENTIFY THEIR INDIVIDUAL CHALLENGES
We start with the unmet needs of Veterans, 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 the experts get to work during a 3-day intensive make-a-thon (a making marathon!) to create innovative solutions that directly address those unmet needs.
3- A SOLUTION FOR ONE CAN BECOME A SOLUTION FOR MANY
Following each event, we work with strategic partners to develop viable solutions into products and services that can help veterans and others around the world.
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.
Challenge: Riding a bike with both arms
Due to a brachial plexus injury, James only has one functional arm. Riding a bicycle using only one arm is particularly challenging; James wants to be able to ride more comfortably with both arms in order to get back on his bike as a way to become stronger both physically and mentally.
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.
PAST VETERAN CHALLENGES & SOLUTIONS
PARTNERS AND SPONSORS
Challenge America partnered 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 the veterans, their families and everyone involved. Challenge America then brought the program back to the U.S. - to Cleveland OH - where the Israeli-U.S. connection will be preserved by also serving Israeli Veterans through the program. This way, we connect Veterans across borders, proving that we are undoubtedly stronger together.