Friday, November 30, 2012

Iraq Veteran teaches amputees how to drive again

Triple amputee takes to Beltway relearning to drive (VIDEO)
Darci Marchese

WASHINGTON - Tens of thousands of military service men and women have suffered catastrophic injuries in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Coming home from the war often means months, if not years, of rehabilitation and being forced to learn how to do just about everything differently.

Eventually, that includes relearning how to drive.

That's where Army Reserve Capt. Tammy Phipps comes in. Phipps is an occupational therapist and a certified driving rehab specialist. She has two deployments to Iraq under her belt.

Phipps was asked to start up the driving rehabilitation program at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in fall 2008. She continues the program at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda.

It's a unique program - the only comprehensive driving rehab program run by the Department of Defense. Phipps is very proud of what she is able to accomplish.
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