TREEbot® started as a project to help a Quadriplegic Navy Veteran and board member of Arizona Chapter Paralyzed Veterans Of America (AZPVA), return to his chosen profession as a Tree Maintenance Specialist.
This Navy veteran had a successful career for 15 years prior to suffering a 40 to 60 foot fall from a tree when his safety harness failed to perform as expected. Being very independent by nature, this veteran did not allow his very limiting disability to deter his path of action. After 18 months of hospitalization following his work accident, he went back to school and completed a degree in CAD. Shortly after acquiring a job as a CAD drafts person, his company went out of business. Unfortunately, this meant a loss of income as well as insurance necessary to support this gentleman’s medical needs. At this point, we had an educated, Navy Veteran essentially stranded in a wheelchair on the streets.
Determined to take control of his life, our veteran hired a lawyer and soon regained half of his benefits. This assistance allowed our friend to find an apartment and begin getting his life back on track. After discovering AZPVA, he quickly became a valued member of our Arizona Chapter before moving on to serve on the Chapter’s Board of Directors.
Our Navy Vet became friends with one of the Chapter’s mechanically inclined volunteers leading to the creation of the TREEbot®, a semi-robotic remote controlled workstation. This project is a combined effort of PVA and our continued relationship with the ASU SkySong Venture Catalyst program.
The TREEbot® creation has led to the AZPVA preparing for and creating a Jobs and Entrepreneurial Training Program for disabled veterans. The program is in the process of being launched using the TREEbot® as the training equipment and as the first step for these disabled veterans to level the playing field in a very competitive job market.
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Information regarding TREEbot® and how it is projected to assist the Veteran Students of the www.azpva.org.
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