Improving Quality of Life for Veterans with Disabilities
By Nicky Miller
veterans research help improve their quality of life and create employment opportunities. highlights how funding and studies in
GI Go Fund
Kessler Foundation funds organizations that help veterans find employment. One organization in particular is . Our sponsorship assisted in the opening of its , in Newark, NJ in December 2018. The center specializes in employment training for veterans and offers incubator space for veteran owned businesses.
- Elaine Katz, senior vice president of grants and communications, discusses how the Foundation is creating better job paths for veterans with disabilities.
The newest technology at the at Kessler Foundation is enabling veterans to get treatment and use the exoskeleton, a device that assists with walking, to help people who sustained a spinal cord injury.
“The exoskeletons are becoming lighter, they are becoming cheaper, the technology is improving, the controllers, the mechanism, the software that is driving the movement is changing,” says , PhD, associate director of the Center for Mobility and Rehabilitation Engineering Research and director of the , “the growth potentially is very exciting."
- Learn about how technology is helping individuals with spinal cord injuries walk again.
Spinal Cord Injury Research
At the and the , , PhD, senior research scientist, is one of the leading investigators working with veterans with spinal cord injury. Fyffe has built a relationship with the East Orange VA Medical Center which assist veterans with resources in healthcare and other areas that can be costly, such as purchasing a wheelchair and having an aid for extra support. She’s also teamed-up with , PhD, director of the and the , to help create better employment opportunities for veterans. They research employment challenges and barriers that veterans struggle with, including employer bias.
“Veterans have the energy and the motivation to get back to work,” says Fyffe, in spite of the challenges they are facing.”
- In this video, learn about Dr. Denise Fyffe’s research with veterans with a spinal cord injury.
Cognitive Fatigue, DPhil, director of the , is the leading investigator in cognitive fatigue, the condition where a person’s brain has to work harder to concentrate on simple tasks. Wylie has researched the neural correlates of fatigue in clinical samples such as multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, and veterans with Gulf War illness.
Wylie’s recent work with other investigators involves research on Gulf War Veterans to study the effects of exercise. The research will determine if exercising worsens symptoms of Gulf War illness.
- Dr. Glenn Wylie, discusses research and treatment in Gulf War illness
Kessler Foundation values the service of veterans. We take great pride when the expertise offered by our team of researchers in mobility, cognitive, and employment studies, is able to help veterans transition into the workforce and their communities.
Podcasts related to Kessler Foundation's veterans research:
- Dr. Glenn Wylie, discusses cognitive fatigue and his studies with Veterans with Gulf War Illness.
- A panel discussion about veterans research and more.