American veterans with spinal cord injuries may soon be back on their feet, thanks to robotic legs and the Veterans Administration (VA).
The VA has announced it will start picking up the $77,000 cost of the “wearable robotic exoskeleton” for some qualified veterans.
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Army veteran Gene Laureano started crying when he tried the legs two years ago in a demonstration.
“The tears came down,” Laureano told the Associated Press. “I hadn’t spoken to somebody standing up in so long.”
About 42,000 veterans are paralyzed but not all will qualify. Use of the robotic legs, which are not usually covered by private insurers, are limited by the physics of height and weight and they won’t work for quadriplegics.
(WATCH the video from ReWalk Robotics below)