Christopher Meek is a true American hero. He’s helped many citizens walk or stand through his group, which provides exoskeleton devices to paralyzed veterans.
“I was in the shadows of the Twin Towers on 9/11,” says Christopher Meek, a 46-year-old finance officer who worked inside the World Trade Center.
In an interview with People he said,
“One of my biggest memories of this day is the hundreds of people rushing into the buildings when others were running out.” Meek continues, “I knew I had to give back to first responders.”
And give back he has. Today Chris and his organization, SoldierStrong, have donated more than 2 million dollars worth of medical devices, which allow over 25,000 spinal cord-injured veterans access to equipment that helps them use their arms and legs.
Known only as the “Soldier Suit” this package includes high-tech robotic arms, a foot, and an advanced exoskeleton.
Meek isn’t new to the world of charitable giving, in fact, it was that same charitable spirit that helped create Soldier Strong.
Chris says it was a friend of his that showed him a letter from a deployed marine who lived with nothing, so he formed a group that shipped more than 50,000 pounds of baby wipes, bandages, socks and other in support of overseas forces.
It was in 2012, when less was needed to support the deployed troops that he looked for other ways to help.
“I came across an article about a company that makes exoskeleton devices.”
The rest was history. From then on SoldierStrong worked on buying and donating the appliances to injured veterans with no cost.
How does it work? Injured former Army Reservist Dan Rose explains it,
“It’s basically like leg braces that go into a backpack, with electric motors that guide my foot. It has sensors on the feet that tell it where my center of gravity is. The first time I stood up it honestly felt like I was standing on the top of a mountain, I went from being seated all the time to being able to stand. I imagine that is the feeling people get when they get to the top of Mount Everest.”
Meek says that helping out veterans provides its own reward.
“For me personally, the big takeaway is giving back.”