Exoskeleton gives Army Vet ability to walk again


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A crushed spine is usually a life sentence of confinement to, at best, a wheelchair–but at least one vet is taking steps to change all that. In fact, Gary Linfoot is  making for an inspiring story for Veteran’s Day. Five years ago the Army pilot’s helicopter suffered was brought down by a mechanical failure during Linfoot’s 19th combat tour in Iraq. Linfoot crashed in the deserts of Iraq, and his spine was crushed on impact. He was lucky to survive. Nobody was talking about him ever walking again.

But that’s all changing because of the Ekso Bionics Exoskeleton. Yes, bionics. They’ve come a long way since the television shows of the ’70s and ’80s. Remember how Steve Austin had to be rebuilt via bionics on the television show The Six Million Dollar Man? How about Automan? Yeah, that one wasn’t as popular, but it was this television show about an automatic man that a computer programmer made out of a cop and a hologram. He had a sparkly Fat Elvis suit. No one remembers. That’s why we bring it up.

Paralyzed Army veteran to walk again using exoskeleton | Fox News.

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US military, the world’s largest fossil fuels consumer, invests heavily in renewable energy.

United States Department of Defense

The U.S. Department of Defense is the single-largest consumer of fuel in the world. Despite rising fuel costs and a limited supply of oil, the military’s fuel consumption has been growing in recent years. In World War II, the armed forces used about one gallon of fuel per soldier every day. In Desert Storm, fuel usage was about four gallons. By 2007, with operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, usage was up to 16 gallons, or $3 million worth of fuel a day.

So where does it all go? To the Air Force, mostly. Jet fuel accounts for 71% of the entire military’s petroleum consumption, in part because flyboys move around the majority of men and a lot of heavy equipment. When it’s time for an Army battalion to deploy, they hitch a ride on a cargo plane through the U.S. Transportation Command (TransCom).


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