These vets are 'all in' on this project

Monday, April 22, 2019
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Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

LokomatA team of ex-Navy SEALs are in charge of a fundraising drive for a groundbreaking non-profit neuro-rehab center – and this team of "quiet professionals" fully intends to accomplish its mission.

SEAL Team 5 veteran Mike Charbonnet told his SEAL buddies that he was going on a bike ride to raise funds for his son David's rehab clinic that was in need of a $350,000 exoskeleton treadmill. David says it took about two seconds for the vets to sign on for a thousand-mile ride.

"Last year – by himself – he decided to ride his bike from San Francisco to San Diego and raise money online and was extremely successful," says David, president of VIP NeuroRehabilitation Center in San Diego. "Like true brothers, a lot of them said If you do that again, we want in. We want to be a part of that."

The machine is called a "Lokomat" (pictured) and the one being sought is the only one anywhere near the Center's location. In simple terms, a Lokomat a computer-driven machine that mimic's a patient's walking motion – using a combination of a treadmill, parachute harness, and the exoskeleton.

David, who is also an ex-SEAL and rehab patient after a parachuting accident, says VIP helps patients with all kinds of neurological conditions: spinal cord injuries, strokes, traumatic brain injury, illnesses like ALS.

"Insurance is going to fork out only a couple weeks' or a couple months' worth of physical therapy for something that might take years to recover from or to just maintain a quality of life," he tells OneNewsNow.

The late October bike ride - coordinated by Beyond the Teams - will start in Virginia Beach and end at the National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum in Fort Pierce, Florida.

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