COL Arthur Yeager- Army Aviator, Occupational Therapist and Inventor
COL Yeager is currently the Deputy Chief for the Department of Rehabilitation at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD.
In this episode, he discusses his 36-year Army career, which began as a helicopter repairer in the 101st Airborne Division at Ft. Campbell, KY, and then progressed to commissioning as an Aviation Officer flying Chinooks. He then describes his occupational therapy pathway and transition to the Army Specialist Corps and explains the additional training required for OTs in Military Medicine.
Art describes the role of the OT on the battlefield and recounts his experiences from his previous deployments. Among the jobs he performed downrange, he served as Chief, Restoration & Reconditioning in the 528th Combat Stress Detachment, Mosul, Iraq, and the 254th Combat Stress Detachment, Kandahar, Afghanistan.
COL Yeager has experience leading at many levels, has been a Physical Performance Service Line Chief, and has worked in the Office of the Surgeon General. Over the years, Art has received numerous patents for apparatuses that assist those with amputations or other disabilities with activities of daily living. He talks about his most popular invention, the Yeager Knife. He also describes his work establishing the first Military Occupational Therapy Telehealth program in Europe.
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