WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Some military veterans are learning that robotic rehab is not science fiction.

As WCBS 880’s Sean Adams reported, at Burke Rehabilitation Center in White Plains, a robotic arm initiates and guides Army veteran and stroke victim Tom Kastner’s affected limb with the hope of retraining the nerves.

“It’s helped me a lot also with fine motor movements with your arm and your hand, which I don’t have use of, but we’re working on it still,” Kastner said.

Robotic-assisted therapy is free for veterans at Burke.

Vietnam-era vet Steve Harkavy also suffered a stroke. He’s learning how to walk again with an exoskeleton, a bionic body brace.

“It helped me lift my foot, just to concentrate on the proper way to step,” he said. “It was difficult because … I was fighting the machine. But after the first session, I was able to pick it up fairly easily.”

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