Army Building Virtual Support Group For Amputee Soldiers

May 28, 2009 -

The United States Army plans to develop an online virtual support group for soldiers who have lost limbs in combat, reports Virtual World News. The families of the soldiers would also be able to participate in the group.

The idea is still quite preliminary and there is no information available as to what form the virtual support group might eventually take. One could easily imagine, however, an avatar-based system along the lines of Second Life or PlayStation Home.

At this point, the Army is still soliciting proposals for the project on the Federal Business Opportunities website. From the RFP:

Studies have shown that a patients major concern is that of dying alone, either literally or figuratively. The second major concern is that of having unmanaged pain.... quality of life has been much improved by the use of simple support groups...

 

We therefore believe that giving patients and their families access to a virtual support group environment will enable them to have access to a critical resource which they may not be able to be part of in the physical world...


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Re: Army Building Virtual Support Group For Amputee Soldiers

This seems like a good time to mention Project Valour-IT, a project to help wounded soldiers reconnect with the world and recover more quickly by providing them with voice-controlled laptops and Wiis. Soldiers report that being able to interact with others via the internet helps them forget about their pain.

Re: Army Building Virtual Support Group For Amputee Soldiers

Very nice project, worth while.

 

And in before claims that this will "trivialize" the sacrifice soldiers give to their duties.

Re: Army Building Virtual Support Group For Amputee Soldiers

Its to give amputees something to comfort them, even if it is virtual.

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