However, I still can't help but be slightly disheartened. Why does it have to take a wounded soldier, my brother, my best friend, to lose an arm, for this sort of research to receive the kind of funding it deserves?
Recently, traveling in Europe, I realized how integrated the "war" in Iraq is in our US society. I know at least a half a dozen people of the top of my head that have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, and just as many who are in some branch of the military and may potentially go there. Thankfully none of these people have been severely disabled, but I know they have close friends who were.
There have been leaps and bounds in the efficiency of prosthetic devices, and now in physically regenerating damaged bodies, but how much are we working to heal damaged hearts and support mental re-integration into civilian life?