An Amazing Eighty

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The Life of Joaquin Native, Charles C. Freeman

As the 2018 Paralympic Games unfold in PyeongChang, Joaquin Native, Charles C. Freeman will celebrate his 80th Birthday, secure in the knowledge that his life has had a positive impact. Watching the amputees swarm down the slopes at breath-taking speeds, he will be remembering a winter day in 1973 when he took two-dozen brave U.S. amputee Veterans to the slopes of Loveland, CO, to test the newly developed VA skiing legs. Those ski-legs and dozens of other technological innovations that changed the lives of the handicapped were the product of team efforts that Charles led as Research and Education Officer for the Veteran’s Administration Center for Prosthetics and Orthotics


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