Wounded Military returned to homeland from USA
Thursday, February 20
Georgia’s wounded soldiers have returned to their homeland from the USA. Six soldiers who were injured in the August War 2008 and the NATO-led ISAF mission have already undergone the prosthesis program at the Peter Harsch Prosthetics Clinic in San Diego, California. Deputy Defence Minister Varlam Avaliani, family members and friends welcomed home the wounded at Tbilisi International Airport. They congratulated the military on returning to their homeland and wished them success in their future work.
“The Defence Ministry of Georgia keeps its promises. Our wounded military servicemen already have X3 type bio-electrically controlled prosthesis’. The project is being carried out under the support of the Government of Georgia and by the Prime Minister. The second group of wounded soldiers will travel to the US for rehabilitation on February 23. It’s very essential, as our state does its best to care for those who sacrificed their health to their homeland. It’s more important that those soldiers will continue serving in the Georgian Armed Forces and share their experience with their colleagues,” stated Deputy Defence Minister Varlam Avaliani. The soldiers with amputated limbs were provided with bio-micro prosthesis’. Now they are able to easily move on difficult terrain with the help of the advanced electric limbs. The new prosthesis’, which can resist extreme conditions, enable the military to pursue a more active life. Georgian doctor, Major Zviad Burdzga is observing their rehabilitation in the US as well. A rehabilitation course at Peter Harsch Prosthetics Clinic is individual for each serviceman. At this stage, 19 military servicemen will undergo the prosthesis program and rehabilitation in the US. At the first stage, 8 wounded soldiers were sent to undergo the treatment course in the US on December 27. They were selected according to their types of injuries. Currently, two soldiers are undergoing rehabilitation at the Peter Harsch Prosthetics Clinic. The second group of wounded soldiers will travel to the US for rehabilitation soon. After returning home all servicemen will come back to their units to continue their military duties.