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Iowa State Eagles & SoldierStrong Partner to Donate Ekso GT Suit to Younker Rehabilitation

DES MOINES, Iowa. - The Iowa State Fraternal Order of Eagles have partnered with SoldierStrong, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing advanced medical technologies to veterans, to donate an EksoGT™ exoskeleton to Younker Rehabilitation at Iowa Methodist Medical Center. The robotic exoskeleton is used in rehabilitation to help people—including veterans—who have had a stroke or spinal cord injury walk again.

Younker Rehabilitation, part of UnityPoint Health – Des Moines, will host a donation ceremony and a patient will demonstrate the exoskeleton on Friday, July 27th beginning at 10:30 a.m. Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds will provide remarks at the event.

“We are excited about the addition of the EksoGT at Younker Rehabilitation for our patients to improve their ability to function and become as independent as possible,” said Dan Shamir, MD, medical director of Younker Rehabilitation.

The EksoGT, by Ekso Bionics®, is the first exoskeleton cleared by the FDA for use with stroke and spinal cord injuries. The exoskeleton suit enables patients to move earlier, more frequently, and with a greater number of high intensity steps during their rehabilitation.

“For over a century, our mission has been to help provide adequate care to those who need it most. We’re extremely proud to know that through the work of more than 10,000 Fraternal Order of Eagles members across the state of Iowa, the patients of Younker Rehabilitation will have access to the quality of care they deserve,” said Carl Burnett, Grand Worthy President of the Fraternal Order of Eagles.

This donation marks the 16th exoskeleton SoldierStrong has donated to rehabilitation centers and Veterans Affairs hospitals.

“Iowa is home to roughly 200,000 veterans, some of whom were injured while serving our country and deserve access to the most advanced medical technology,” said Chris Meek, co-founder and Chairman of SoldierStrong. “SoldierStrong remains committed to supporting injured veterans and others affected by strokes and spinal cord injuries, and we are honored to continue our work with the Fraternal Order of Eagles to help as many people as possible.”

About UnityPoint Health – Des Moines
UnityPoint Health – Des Moines provides comprehensive, coordinated care to patients throughout the Greater Des Moines area through our clinics, hospitals and home care services. UnityPoint Health – Des Moines includes Iowa Methodist Medical Center; Iowa Lutheran Hospital; Methodist West Hospital; Blank Children’s Hospital including pediatric sub-specialty clinics; Grinnell Regional Medical Center, John Stoddard Cancer Center; Eyerly Ball, UnityPoint Clinic; UnityPoint at Home and UnityPoint Hospice.  UnityPoint Health – Des Moines has more than 7,500 employees and 850 physicians providing care to care to patients throughout central Iowa.

About the Fraternal Order of Eagles
The Fraternal Order of Eagles unites fraternally in the spirit of liberty, truth, justice, and equality, raising nearly $10 million annually through the FOE Charity Foundation for service organizations and research institutions across the United States and Canada. Our 1,400+ locations throughout North America offer all service men and women, active or retired, their first year of membership free as a thank you for their service.

About SoldierStrong
SoldierStrong, previously known as SoldierSocks, helps American patriots literally take their next steps forward. Through educational scholarships and by harnessing the most innovative technology in advanced rehabilitation, we help our returning service men and women to continue moving in the only direction they should know – forward. Nearly every dollar SoldierStrong receives goes towards direct support of American patriots so that they can re-acclimate to civilian life. Our organization works to remind those men and women who sacrificed so much that we are forever thankful.

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