WARFIGHTER ENGAGED is a 501(C)3, volunteer charitable non-profit with a mission to improve the lives of severely wounded and disabled warfighters through custom adapted devices. We modify video game controllers, make prosthetic enhancements, recreational and other novel devices for greater independence. With no two injuries or disabilities being alike and no readily available solutions to address these specific needs, the vast majority of modifications to these devices can only be determined by one on one interaction with the individual. This service is performed for wounded and disabled veterans at Walter Reed NMMC, Ft. Sam Houston, individual's homes and other locations as needed. All adapted items are provided at no cost to the warfighter.
Game controller modification work ranges from relocated buttons for those with upper limb mobility issues or single hand amputees to table top rigs for multiple upper limb amputees where every input is re‐mapped to more convenient interface methods such as paddles, levers, bumpers or large buttons. Beyond the recreational items are devices to help the disabled veterans cope with the basic daily living functions we all take for granted. The therapeutic potential of video games is an emerging field, and we aim to support our Veterans through custom adapted video gaming controllers and more complex rigs. We also develop prosthetic adapters to help users get the most out of the prosthesis some must wear. Warfighter Engaged exists because it is the least we can do to help our wounded and disabled service members after the sacrifices they have made.
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Ken Jones is the founder of Warfighter Engaged. He is a mechanical engineer by trade as well as an avid video gamer. Ken is also the primary designer and builder of the adapted devices for the org. He started WFE in 2012 after numerous visits to Walter Reed NMMC in Bethesda, Md. During one visit, he was requested to make a few game controller adaptations for some severely injured combat veterans. Seeing the immediate physical and emotional benefits of these adapted controllers, it was obvious that there was a need for this type of dedicated service.
Chief Medical Officer
As an army occupational therapist for more than ten years, Major Erik Johnson was instrumental in the care for service members who had sustained devastating physical, cognitive and mental health injuries during combat operations. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his work with brain injuries while deployed to Afghanistan. Erik currently serves as an occupational therapist working inpatient rehab at Baylor, Scott & White hospital in Waco, Texas. He also serves as the Chief Medical Officer for Warfighter Engaged. In that role, Erik is instrumental in the reintroduction of independence for Warfighters who have suffered devastating injuries that have compromised their ability to engage in gaming as they once did. .
Director of Clinical Outreach
Kaitlyn is an occupational therapist currently working on Microsoft’s Product User Research Team where she is able to use her clinical background and perspectives to help guide inclusive product design. She is very passionate about the ways in which technology that is accessible can enhance the quality of life of all people. She has done extensive research exploring the benefits of video game play that extend beyond fun and leisure to functional performance, mental health and social participation. She was the 2018 recipient of the Edward Leahy Jr Award for Innovation in Technology and the 2017 recipient of the Maria Gervasio Award for Outstanding Commitment to Professional Development in Occupational Therapy. As the Director of Clinical Outreach for Warfighter Engaged, Kaitlyn interfaces with clinicians, private practices, hospitals and other clinical organizations regarding the importance of inclusive design, adapted technology, and the benefits of video game integration into therapeutic settings.
Social Media and Marketing
Michael Luckett served in the US ARMY. During his deployment to Iraq 2010-2011, 1LT Luckett served as the FSC XO for 1/8th Infantry Battalion. Video gaming was his primary recreational outlet. After a safe deployment and a PCS to Ft. Lee, 1LT Luckett suffered a spinal cord injury from a motorcycle accident August 7, 2011. He retired as CPT Luckett in 2013. His passion for gaming never ceased after injury. His new mission to regain his independence was to reacquire his competitive edge. After countless trials, Mike's journey lead him to Ken Jones of Warfighter Engaged. Today you can find him mostly gaming on the Xbox One X. When he's not gaming, you can find him playing wheelchair rugby or just hanging out with his service dog Pixie.