While the military pursues the use of artificial intelligence to design autonomous systems and build better weapons systems, some combat-wounded veterans are using the technology to control prosthetics that can take commands and learn over time.
At the Association of the United States Army annual meeting Monday, Glen Lehman, a former Army sergeant first class, demonstrated how a system built by Coapt Engineering could help him control his prosthetic right arm more naturally and with less muscle strain than other neural-controlled prosthetic devices. Lehman lost his arm during a 2008 deployment to Iraq.
GRAND CHUTE – The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team was in town for a double header at Fox Cities Stadium Sunday afternoon.
The team consists of veterans and active duty members who have lost limbs with the goal of raising funds for medical research – all while honoring the sacrifices they have made.
That includes players like Bobby McCardle who served in the Marine Corp and lost his leg in 2007 after stepping on an IED.
“It really does help out,” McCardle said. “I know it first helped me out when I became an amputee to be able to see what is still possible.”
APPLETON (WLUK) — Fox Cities Stadium has welcomed the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team to play in a double header on Sunday, September 4th.
Members of the WWAST will be competing against a local team, Screwballs, at 10:30 a.m. and will play again at 12:30 p.m. against a team of local celebrities.
FOX 11’s Lauren Kalil was live inside the stadium giving us a preview of the double header.
The WWAST is made up of brave men and women, both veterans and active duty soldiers, from all service branches, who have sustained injuries resulting in amputation.
GRAND CHUTE, Wis. (WBAY) - A team of national heroes takes to the field at Fox Cities Stadium on Sunday for a charity softball game. While the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team is out to win, it also knows the bigger role the team plays.
Campbellsport native and war hero Josh Wege, who lost both of his legs in Afghanistan back in 2009, is one of almost 40 members of the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball team. The team and its experience gives these men and woman, injured in combat, a chance to be athletes again.
As the number of veterans with both physical and psychological injuries balloons, this squad of 11 wounded warriors wards off PTSD by playing a little ball.
On a clear July afternoon, the Warriors softball team walks into Canal Park – a 7,630-seat minor league baseball stadium in Akron, Ohio – in sort of a funk. The squad was just thrashed in a tournament in Brainerd, Minnesota, losing all four games they played. The same ten men and one woman then flew to Akron on five separate flights to take part in a doubleheader today, the first against a “local celebrities” team fronted by the city’s mayor. The Warriors warm up by stretching, tossing high flies on the sunlit outfield, and smacking neon softballs in the underground batting cages below the dugout. But there’s a new concern overtaking the malaise brought on by the exhausting travel and demoralizing losses back in Brainerd: there aren’t enough towels in the locker room.
Cody Rice is the loudest player in the Wounded Warriors Amputee Softball Team outfield, barking at his teammates right in the middle of game play.
It’s all lighthearted, especially when he looks at co-players like Danielle Green and says things like, “Use two hands,” this despite the fact she lost her arm in a rocket-propelled grenade attack in Iraq. He was the first to say the team could have played better after a 14-10 win over a team of local celebrities, but he was also the first player to cuddle a dog outside the team dugout.
[rose] That was an inspiring story this week by EDN reporter Keith Stewart: When 8-year-old Jack Finney’s parents applied to have him attend a kid’s camp through the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team (WWAST), they didn’t expect he’d be chosen. “Jack turned 8 in December so we just sent in an application,” said Jack’s mother Stephanie. “We weren’t expecting to be chosen as one of 20. But he was.” That led to Jack and his family being flown out to Washington, D.C., last month where the WWAST hosted a week-long softball camp. “Every morning from 8:30 a.m. to noon was the softball clinic,” explained Stephanie. “They taught them softball skills. Some of these kids had loved baseball since they were old enough to hold a ball but some hadn’t played so they began by hitting soccer balls off a tee.” Roses for Jack, and the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team. That sounds like one heckuva fine program.
[rose] The Effingham Daily News is seeking nominations for “Angels Among Us,” a recognition given to ordinary individuals doing extraordinary things. Nominees for this honor are our friends, neighbors and community members who go above and beyond to help make this community a better place. Those wishing to nominate someone should do so online at www.effinghamdailynews.com/angels. Nominations can also be dropped off at or mailed to the newspaper: 201 N. Banker St., Effingham, IL 62401. The deadline is July 21. Your EDN publisher, Darrell Lewis, said what makes this recognition important is that it showcases individuals who do not always have their efforts recognized.
AKRON, Ohio — The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team will play a charity doubleheader game at Canal Park on Saturday, July 15.
The first game of the twin bill begins at 5 p.m. and will pit the Wounded Warrior team against Akron celebrities, including Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan, Channel 3 Chief Meteorologist Betsy Kling and Audrey Hartman of the Firestone High School State Championship softball team.
Members of the American Legion Post 808 will also be part of the Celebrity Team.
When 8-year-old Jack Finney’s parents applied to have him attend a kid’s camp through the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team (WWAST), they didn’t expect he’d be chosen.
“Jack turned 8 in December so we just sent in an application,” said Jack’s mother Stephanie. “We weren’t expecting to be chosen as one of 20. But he was.”
That led to Jack and his family being flown out to Washington, D.C., last month where the WWAST hosted a week-long softball camp.