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Veterans Re-Train using Caterpillar Simulator

VA Secretary Eric K. Shinseki (seated) takes a turn in the new state of the art Caterpillar simulator powered by Simformotion, as Congressman Bobby Scott (center) of Virginia (standing) waits for his turn at the controls.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Richmond VAMC - Thanks to a generous donation from Caterpillar and Simformotion, simulator training is now available for patients in VA's Servicemember Transitional Amputee Rehabilitation (STAR) program, here.

The program provides patients an opportunity to gain understanding of heavy equipment machine controls and to learn proper operating procedures well before their training on actual machines.

VA Secretary Eric K. Shinseki joined congressman Bobby Scott (D-Va., 3rd Dist.) recently for a demonstration of the simulator and to discuss its role in the STAR program.

The simulated environment provides the patient a safe place to learn about the machinery, while enhancing their performance skills.

Hydraulic Excavator training is set in a construction environment and progressively takes the operator from basic controls orientation through more complex training exercises.

The simulators provide hands-on learning in a safe and economical way to enhance traditional operator training programs. The equipment is an excellent addition to the STAR program, providing another tool that can be used toward achieving the goal of returning Servicemembers to full time employment in their communities.

For more information about the STAR program, please contact Beth Dameron, STAR Case Manager at 804 675-5648 (o), 804 351-1386 pager or mary.dameron@va.gov