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 firstname.lastname@example.org