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.
He had a successful career for 15 years before 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 chose to work around his very limiting disability in many ways. After 16-18 months of hospitalization following his on the job accident, he went back to school, got his degree in CAD, got a job as a CAD drafts person and then lost his insurance support to meet his medical needs. Shortly after he was hired, the company went out of business, leaving him essentially stranded in a wheelchair on the streets.
This did not stop our veteran, he soon regained half of his benefits by hiring a lawyer. With this he got himself into an apartment and soon discovered and became an active member AZPVA and then a member of 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.
The TREEbot® creation has lead 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 and videos of how the TREEbot® helping the Veteran Students of the www.azpva.org.
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