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Met the other half my design team(s)from VCU, the Bike Security Team. Last week I met the Bike Lift Team. Together we are working to solve my Bike Hitch Pitch...thanks QL+ and VCU!
Would love to see QL+ linkup with USF Tampa, think you guys could do so much for each other and the community.
Good Luck in reaching your goals!

Challenging University STEM students to create innovative technology solutions that improve the qual

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QL+ in VA News 08/07/2023

Our friends at the VA highlighted QL+ in one of their recent newsletters. Check it out! https://conta.cc/477Mtx1

QL+ in VA News Check out the latest news from QL+ QL+ in Veterans Affairs News Our friends at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs posted a story both on their social media pages and in their weekly national news

08/04/2023

Happy Birthday to the U.S. Coast Guard. Thank you for your service!

A Different Kind of Partnership 07/13/2023

QL+ shares more big news...https://conta.cc/3pJjgYB

A Different Kind of Partnership Check out the latest news from QL+ A Different Kind of Partnership Up to this point, our partnerships with universities have been based on working with engineering students who design and build assist

07/04/2023

We celebrate this and are thankful to so many of our Challengers for their service defending our great nation 🇺🇸 🎆 🎇

06/24/2023

Calling all injured or disabled vets & first responders! Get back to doing what you love by becoming a QL+ Challenger today! Our STEM university students will create adaptive technology tailored just for you. Learn more at https://bit.ly/3mLB2Jm

06/23/2023

This , we celebrate all of our talented women students working to create technology for our wounded heroes. Learn more about our students: https://www.qlplus.org/students

06/14/2023

Happy 248th birthday to the US Army!

Challengers Wanted! 06/09/2023

For veterans or first responders with disabilities...we would love to work with you to create an assistive device that will help you in your everyday life or active lifestyle. Reach out to QL+! https://conta.cc/3WXNi6W

Challengers Wanted! Check out the latest news from QL+ Challengers Wanted QL+ is only as good as the challenges presented to us. What is truly incredible is that our student engineering teams are able to come up with sol

05/29/2023

Lets take a moment today to remember all of those military personnel who have given their all for our country.

Memorial Day edition 05/25/2023

Great news from QL+!

Memorial Day edition Check out the latest news from QL+ The Winning Project Winning once is a big deal. Winning twice puts you in rare company. Winning in two different categories is even better! Virginia Tech hosts their

05/10/2023

The bravest hearts deserve the help of the brightest minds! When you donate to QL+, you are helping some of the brightest minds improve the lives of some of the bravest: https://www.qlplus.org/donate

05/05/2023

May is & ! QL+ brings together the brightest students at leading universities to create life-transforming, assistive technology for our country's wounded heroes.

Learn more about our mission: https://bit.ly/44vMj1g

Challenger Update 05/04/2023

Ever wonder how past Challengers - and the assistive devices designed and built for them by college engineering students - are doing? Here's an update and other news. https://conta.cc/3LAtAKq

Challenger Update Check out the latest news from QL+ Challenger Update: Marina Libro In 2019-2020, Marina Libro, who served for 22 years in the Army, Army Reserves, and Virginia Marine Police, became part of our Challe

04/28/2023

If you're an injured or disabled vet or first responder, we want you to get back to doing what you love. Become a QL+ Challenger today! We'll match you with a STEM university team to create adaptive technology just for you. Learn more at https://bit.ly/3mLB2Jm

QL+ featured on NBC-9News, Denver 04/25/2023

QL+ featured on NBC 9News in Denver, and more! https://conta.cc/3LkSv4z

QL+ featured on NBC-9News, Denver Check out the latest news from QL+ QL+ featured on NBC-9News, Denver Students in our program at Colorado School of Mines recently developed a prototype enabling retired Marine Annika Hutsler to more e

Photos from QL+'s post 04/24/2023

Before being injured in a rock-climbing accident, Jared Lenahan served in the Navy as a field medic for the Marines. After years of recovery, including nearly losing his leg due to his injuries and other complications, Jared continued his active lifestyle and came back to make it onto the US Para-climbing Team in 2018, 2019, 2021 and 2022. Among his other pursuits is downhill skiing. He is a Challenger with the University of Cincinnati, where a team of engineering students are modifying a ski boot to accommodate his leg.

Colorado students create new technology to help veterans 04/21/2023

Students in our program at Colorado School of Mines recently developed a prototype enabling retired marine Annika Hutsler to more easily participate in one of her favorite activities: rollerblading! Check out the story from 9News Denver below.

https://bit.ly/3AoHyZm

Colorado students create new technology to help veterans Students at the Colorado School of Mines are creating new technology to help veterans get back to the activities they love.

A modified ski boot and a wheelchair with skis 04/13/2023

More impressive projects from our student engineering teams!

A modified ski boot and a wheelchair with skis Check out the latest news from QL+ Project Highlights: University of Cincinnati The College of Engineering & Applied Science at the University of Cincinnati held its annual Expo to highlight more than

Photos from QL+'s post 04/10/2023

Meet Tammy, a 10-year US Army Veteran. Despite being paralyzed from the waist down due to a horseback riding accident, she remains active and loves gardening. Our team at Virginia Tech is building her a motorized garden chair that's low enough to the ground for her to garden comfortably. While visiting Virginia Tech, she's testing the chair's maneuverability, and how easy it is to get in and out. Tammy is a true inspiration! 🌻🙌

QL+ receives Reeve Foundation gift! 04/05/2023

Read about one of our great Challengers and get the news about a terrific grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation https://conta.cc/3m3PI65

QL+ receives Reeve Foundation gift! Check out the latest news from QL+ QL+ Receives Gift from Reeve Foundation! $24,500 Quality of Life Grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation will help fund projects across 11 universities. T

04/03/2023

🎉 We are thrilled to announce that QL+ has been awarded a $24,500 grant from Reeve Foundation National Paralysis Resource Center (NPRC) 🙌 The grant award will support 16 teams of college engineering students at 11 universities who are creating assistive devices for veterans and first responders with paralysis. Click here to learn more: https://bit.ly/3U0Z3bo

QL + at CSUN conference 04/03/2023

Click here for a video, an anonymous gift, and a new board member! https://conta.cc/3KhMJQT

QL + at CSUN conference Check out the latest news from QL+ QL+ at CSUN Conference In mid-March, Executive Director Mark Robbins and Program Manager Scott Huyvaert traveled to Anaheim, California, to exhibit the Quality of Li

03/29/2023

We commemorate and honor those who fought in the Vietnam War. We are proud to have our students continue to support our Veterans through their life-enhancing work. Check out https://www.qlplus.org/projects to learn more about ongoing projects.

03/25/2023

Today is National Medal of Honor Day, a day dedicated to recipients of the Medal of Honor, the highest military award. The Medal of Honor is awarded to US military personnel by the President of the United States in the name of Congress for personal acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty.

03/10/2023

Meet Gary Verrazono, a retired U.S. Marine who lost his right arm and right leg. Despite this challenge, he didn't let that stop him from pursuing his passion for archery. With the help of Colorado School of Mines and the River Deep Foundation of Denver, we developed a device that allows him to fire a longbow and arrow with a slight chin movement. The length and angle of the device are adjustable making it usable by many people.

Gary’s story is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit. He refused to let his disability limit his potential and sought out innovative solutions to help him pursue his passions. His collaboration with QL+ and Colorado School of Mines shows the power of teamwork and technology in overcoming challenges.

Continue to help us support our mission in enhancing the lives of our American heroes today at qlplus.org/donate

03/09/2023

When you donate to QL+, you are helping our challengers achieve a greater level of independence, and develop the next generation of STEM innovators. To learn more and to donate, visit https://www.qlplus.org/donate

QL Plus Joins Walmart Campaign 03/08/2023

You can support QL+ through Walmart.com or the Walmart app. https://conta.cc/3YvKk91

QL Plus Joins Walmart Campaign Check out the latest news from QL+ QL Plus Joins Walmart's March Campaign QL+ has joined Walmart's Million Dollar March Round Up Campaign. Between March 1 and March 31, 2023, Walmart is matching custo

02/24/2023

Through our programs, QL+ Challengers can achieve a greater level of independence. If you or someone you know has an injury or disability and are a member of the military, a veteran, or a first responder, QL+ can help improve your quality of life.

To apply to become a challenger, visit https://www.qlplus.org/become-a-challenger

Golf Tournament News 02/24/2023

It's never too early to sign up to sponsor or play in the Kyrus Charities golf tournament benefiting QL+! Hope to see you in Leesburg, Va., on Sept. 11.

Golf Tournament News Check out the latest news from QL+ Golf Tournament News Kyrus Charities to support QL+! QL+ has been selected by Kryus Charities as a beneficiary of their 3rd annual golf tournament to be held on Sept

02/20/2023

"Let us at all times remember that all American citizens are brothers of a common country, and should dwell together in the bonds of fraternal feeling." - Abraham Lincoln

Challenger Spotlight 02/17/2023

Amazing things are being done by college engineering students for disabled veterans. https://conta.cc/3jZ6ceT

Challenger Spotlight Check out the latest news from QL+ Challenger Spotlight Gary Varisano Gary Varisano is a retired U.S. Marine who lost his right arm and right leg. Despite this challenge, Gary remains determined to ag

02/13/2023

We’ve just earned our 2023 Platinum Seal with Candid! Check out our to learn more about our mission and vision, and how we have been able to make a difference with your support: https://bit.ly/3og0Vyv

02/12/2023

To honor and pay tribute to the brave military veterans who receive medical care at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (V.A.) medical facilities, National Salute to Veteran Patient Week begins today. Consider visiting hospitalized veterans this week to show your support.

02/04/2023

Today, the United Service Organization (USO) celebrates its 82nd birthday! Founded in 1941, the mission of the USO is to strengthen America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation.

02/02/2023

Check out our Executive Director, Mark Robbins, speaking at the latest Combined Federal Campaign Charity Fair! We appreciate the support of so many federal employees who selected QL+ as their charity of choice. With this season's campaign over, we are looking forward to continuing in the CFC campaign next fall. See you then! (CFC #92314).

01/31/2023

Help QL+ continue its mission to improve the lives of veterans and first responders. Your donation will support pairing disabled veterans and first responders with college engineering students who design and build assistive devices for them. Learn more and donate at qlplus.org/donate.

01/24/2023

The bravest hearts deserve the help of the brightest minds.

The Quality of Life Program (QL+) brings together students at leading universities in the nation to create life-transforming, assistive technology for our country’s wounded heroes. We are proud to work with some of the best Universities in the Mid-Atlantic region to help enhance the lives of injured or disabled veterans and first responders.

To learn more, visit https://www.qlplus.org/

VetsAid Concert supports QL Plus! 01/24/2023

Thanks to Joe Walsh and the VetsAid concert for supporting QL+!

VetsAid Concert supports QL Plus! Check out the latest news from QL+ VetsAid Concert Supports QL PLus! JOE WALSH ANNOUNCES $650,000 IN GRANTS FOR OHIO VETS WITH PROCEEDS FROM VETSAID 2022 THE SOLD-OUT CONCERT FEATURED PERFORMANCES BY

01/19/2023

QL+ is so proud to have been a part of the VetsAid concert. The grant we received will support exciting projects for disabled veterans and first responders through the creativity and brilliance of engineering students at Ohio University, University of Cincinnati and University of Dayton.

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Engineering an Improved Quality of Life for Those Who Served

The Quality of Life Plus Program (QL+), through unique partnerships with engineering schools at leading universities across the country, sponsors and directs a wide array of technology development projects aimed squarely at improving the quality of life for our nation’s wounded veterans, active-duty military, first responders, law enforcement, and intelligence officers. QL+ recruits patriots with life-altering injuries from across the USA.

QL+ works one-on-one with these patriots to understand the lifestyle limitations they endure as a result of their injuries. These men and women become “Challengers” in the QL+ Program. Leveraging our expertise in engineering, physical therapy, and program management, QL+ identifies specific obstacles in the Challenger’s life that can be eased or overcome through the development of a custom assistive device or prosthetic modification. QL+ presents these projects or “Challenges” to our partner universities. Once accepted, QL+ connects the Challenger directly with the student team working his or her Challenge.

Throughout the academic year, QL+ mentors, monitors, and supports this unique collaboration between the Challenger and the student team. At the conclusion of the academic year, the student team formally presents the completed assistive device or modified hardware to the Challenger for use in their daily life.

QL+ Headquarters is in McLean, Virginia, just outside our nation’s capital. Dedicated QL+ Laboratories or “Maker Spaces” are located on campus at Cal Poly and Colorado School of Mines. Established QL+ programs also operate at Virginia Tech, the University of Dayton, Xavier University, the University of Cincinnati, Ohio University, George Mason University, Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Texas, San Antonio, University of Colorado, Boulder, Catholic University, George Washington University, Rowan University, Norwich University, the United States Naval Academy, the University of South Florida, and San Diego State University.

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