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Fraternal Order of Eagles & Soldier Strong Partner to Donate Ekso Bionics Suit to Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Hospital

The Fraternal Order of Eagles, an international nonprofit community organization, and Soldier Strong, a nonprofit dedicated to assisting veterans, partnered to donate an Ekso Bionics Ekso GT suit to the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Hospital. The suit was formally presented to the hospital during a ceremony on Wednesday, May 18.

The Ekso GT is a wearble bionic suit which enables individuals with lower extremity weakness or paralysis to stand and walk, providing a variety of physical benefits associated with upright movement as well as psychological rehabilitation.

The F.O.E. and Soldier Strong split the $150,000 cost to provide the suit to the Minneapolis VA Hospital’s Spinal Cord Injury/Disorder Center, which opened in 2009. The 65,000-square-foot center provides primary care and rehabilitation for Veterans suffering from debilitating spinal cord injuries. Ekso Bionics will provide clinical training for the Ekso GT suit for Minneapolis VA Hospital doctors and therapists.

The portion of the donation provided by the Fraternal Order of Eagles came exclusively from the organization’s network of more than 700,000 members as a part of its ongoing Ekso Project, which aims to raise funds to provide the Ekso GT suits to VA facilities in need throughout North America.

During the 2015 F.O.E. International Convention in Milwaukee, Wisc., the organization unveiled the Ekso Project with a live demonstration of the Ekso Bionics suit on stage and a feature in the October 2015 edition of its Soar news publication.

The project continues the Fraternal Order of Eagles’ commitment to veterans, which also includes Operation Eagle, an annual fundraising campaign to provide much needed supplies to Eagles members and the children/grandchildren of Eagles members currently serving the United States and Canada overseas; the Those Who Serve program, which offers a free year of membership to current and former servicemen and women; and the Eagles’ Memorial Foundation, which provides health and educational benefits to the children of Eagles members who lose their lives in service to their country.

For more information about the Fraternal Order of Eagles Ekso Project, visit the Ekso Project page at www.foe.com. Donations can be sent to the F.O.E. at 1623 Gateway Circle South, Grove City, OH 43123. Donations should be made out to the F.O.E. Charity Foundation with Ekso Project noted in the memo line.

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