The MOD have today announced that £6.5 million has been committed to ensure our wounded have access to the most technologically advanced prosthetics currently available, including the Genium ‘bionic’ leg.
The Genium leg builds on the progress made by the current generation of prosthetics, C-Legs, and brings even more benefits to the wearer by making the overcoming of every day obstacles an unconscious part of life. The state-of-the-art knee joint technology will improve our injured Servicemen, women and veteran's ability to climb stairs, walk backwards, crouch and kneel. With its high weight limit, users can carry or lift heavier loads and the five day battery life brings greater freedom.
This will benefit around 160 individuals in total who were injured on Operation Telic in Iraq or Operation Herrick in Afghanistan, starting with the micro-processor knee for above knees amputees.
World class prosthetic care for our wounded is something that Help for Heroes have been campaigning for since we launched in 2007. Simply put; we believe our wounded Servicemen, women and veterans deserve the best and we know you do too.
Working with BLESMA, we lobbied the government to commission the Murrison Report. This made major suggestions for the revision of care given to veterans and since it was published in 2010, Help for Heroes has continued to push and represent the views of the wounded - both serving and veteran – at a level they can be heard.
Today’s announcement will help transform lives and while we welcome it, we must remember that there is no one-size-fits-all solution and that each individual must be given the best prosthetic for them. All of us at Help for Heroes will keep battling to ensure those who have served our country get the best support, for life and we know we can count on your support to help our heroes.
Here a just a few of the messages we've received following the announcement:
"Please accept my thanks for all that you do. You make our lives so much better offering support and help where possible. Not just with the major events like this but the day to day joys you bring."
"It is often the smallest of battles that make the difference in war and is something you all do each day with out hesitation and with a manner I think we all would love to have."
"For a long time, injured soldiers were often left on the shore of the country they served without the help and support they deserved. Thanks to people like Help for Heroes, BLESMA and many others this is no longer the case. You all do so much for the injured people of this country and we would truly be worse off without your support and help."