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Message from the President and CEO

Message from the President and CEO

The Amputee Coalition (AC) team and I recently attended the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA) National Assembly in San Antonio, Texas, where AC Board Member Mona Patel gave a rousing keynote address on the importance of serving the entire limb loss...

INSPIRE OTHERS: A Veterans Day Story

INSPIRE OTHERS: A Veterans Day Story

By Thomas Coakley Recognizing Veterans Day, I would like to share a war story. It begins and ends in a hospital like many often-untold war stories do. I was at the end of six weeks of recovery in an Army hospital in Japan from wounds suffered in Vietnam. It was early...

YOUR WELL-BEING: Celebrating Veteran Amputees

YOUR WELL-BEING: Celebrating Veteran Amputees

By Zachary Hearn The Amputee Coalition extends our heartfelt appreciation to veterans and their families for their service to our country. We continue to support programs that benefit the veteran amputee community. Joint Efforts with the Department of Veterans Affairs...

MAKING AN IMPACT: Eric McElvenny and the Power of Community

MAKING AN IMPACT: Eric McElvenny and the Power of Community

By Laura Canfield Eric McElvenny served as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps for seven years after graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy. In 2011, during his final deployment in Afghanistan, he was wounded during combat operations and underwent a below‑knee...

THE NEXT GENERATION: Impacting Youth Amputees

THE NEXT GENERATION: Impacting Youth Amputees

Amputee Coalition is happy to announce its Youth Engagement Program (YEP), which aligns with our mission to reach out to and empower people affected by limb loss to achieve their full potential through education, support, and advocacy and to promote limb loss...

LOOKING AHEAD: Impact in the New Year

LOOKING AHEAD: Impact in the New Year

By John Register I am excited about the future of the Amputee Coalition. I look at so many nonprofits that did not make it through the pandemic, and yet, we are thriving. The AC has undergone significant changes in 2022, and we are continuing this evolution in 2023....

FRIENDS AND FAMILY: The Major with a Heart of a Lion

FRIENDS AND FAMILY: The Major with a Heart of a Lion

By Ana-Maria Gutierrez Major Edward Pulido is an award-winning veteran who served on the U.S. Army Military Assistance Training Team under the command of General David Petraeus. On August 17, 2004, Major Pulido’s life changed when his convoy hit a roadside bomb. He...

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT AND CEO

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT AND CEO

Amputee Coalition 2022 National Conference in Palm Desert, CA was a true delight to see our community itching to get back together in person. As I walked into the men’s round table session with my notes on what I might convey to these men, I entered trying to find the...

THE POWER OF YOU: Adapting Travel to Your New Reality

THE POWER OF YOU: Adapting Travel to Your New Reality

By Allison Miller “When will I be able to travel again?” This was the question I was desperate to ask but afraid to have answered during my first meeting with a prosthetist in 2014. I had been in the hospital for more than two months after suffering an acute illness,...