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Walter Reed Opens New Center for Amputees
Rehab Designed to Facilitate Vets Return to Active-Duty or Civilian Life
09/13/2007 4:06 PM ET
WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 12: Army Ssg. Ramon Padilla of 2nd 503rd Airborne Infantry Battle Company, aims an M4 rifle at a firearm training simulator with his prosthetic arm at the newly completed Military Advanced Training Center at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
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WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 12: Army Ssg. Ramon Padilla of 2nd 503rd Airborne Infantry Battle Company, aims an M4 rifle at a firearm training simulator with his prosthetic arm at the newly completed Military Advanced Training Center at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

The Military Advanced Training Center opened its doors at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC Thursday. The $10 million 31,000-square-foot facility features virtual reality rehabilitation equipment, a gait laboratory to help amputees learn to walk and run on their new prosthetics, and a 22-foot rock-climbing wall.
WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 12: Sgt. 1st Class Jacque Keeslar of Great Bear Lake, California, who was injured by an IED in Iraq in June 2006, uses a climbing wall at the newly completed Military Advanced Training Center at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
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WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 12: Sgt. 1st Class Jacque Keeslar of Great Bear Lake, California, who was injured by an IED in Iraq in June 2006, uses a climbing wall at the newly completed Military Advanced Training Center at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 12: Marine LCpl Joshua Bleill of 1/24 4th Marine Division, who was injured in October 2006 in Fallujah, Iraq, exercises with gym equipment at the newly completed Military Advanced Training Center at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
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WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 12: Marine LCpl Joshua Bleill of 1/24 4th Marine Division, who was injured in October 2006 in Fallujah, Iraq, exercises with gym equipment at the newly completed Military Advanced Training Center at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

WASHINGTON-SEPTEMBER 12: Marine 1st Lt. Andrew Kinard of 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, injured in October, 2006 in Al-Anbar, holds an M4 rifle at a firearm training simulator of the newly completed Military Advanced Training Center at Walter Reed.
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WASHINGTON-SEPTEMBER 12: Marine 1st Lt. Andrew Kinard of 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, injured in October, 2006 in Al-Anbar, holds an M4 rifle at a firearm training simulator of the newly completed Military Advanced Training Center at Walter Reed.

WASHINGTON-SEPTEMBER 12: Marine 1st Lt. Andrew Kinard aims a pistol at a firearm training simulator as instructor Ross Colquhoun watches at the newly completed Military Advanced Training Center at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
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WASHINGTON-SEPTEMBER 12: Marine 1st Lt. Andrew Kinard aims a pistol at a firearm training simulator as instructor Ross Colquhoun watches at the newly completed Military Advanced Training Center at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 12: Marine LCpl Joshua Bleill of 1/24 4th Marine Division, who was injured in October 2006 in Fallujah, Iraq, walks with prosthetic limbs at the newly completed Military Advanced Training Center at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
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WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 12: Marine LCpl Joshua Bleill of 1/24 4th Marine Division, who was injured in October 2006 in Fallujah, Iraq, walks with prosthetic limbs at the newly completed Military Advanced Training Center at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 12: Prosthetic limbs are seen at the newly completed Military Advanced Training Center at Walter Reed Army Medical Center September 12, 2007 in Washington, DC.
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WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 12: Prosthetic limbs are seen at the newly completed Military Advanced Training Center at Walter Reed Army Medical Center September 12, 2007 in Washington, DC.

WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 12: Peter Martens of Moteck Motion Technology demonstrates as he walks on a CAREN (Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Environment) at the newly completed Military Advanced Training Center.
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WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 12: Peter Martens of Moteck Motion Technology demonstrates as he walks on a CAREN (Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Environment) at the newly completed Military Advanced Training Center.

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