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Carlsbad, California, June 30, 2020 – When Jeremy Haynes, Maj. Of the U.S. Army (retired) left his home in Albany, Georgia to serve in Afghanistan, he left two children and his wife Chelsea, who was pregnant at the time. He had no idea that the next time he saw his wife, she would be by his side at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he was being treated for severe debilitating wounds he had suffered in battle.
On a mission in Kabul on August 5, 2014, an Afghan military soldier shot Jeremy four times, including one in the back. The shot on his spine separated Jeremy's vena cava and 80% of the nerves on his lower extremities and paralyzed both legs. Faced with a long and painful recovery, Jeremy was determined to get over his injuries.
With Chelsea's inspiration for healing and constant daily effort, Jeremy can stand and walk for a short time with adaptable equipment. Despite this incredible progress, Jeremy's home hampered his ability to do everyday tasks. At that point, the Gary Sinise Foundation, with the support of Nortek Security & Control (NSC), Lutron, Yale Locks and a local integrator for home automation, took action along with numerous other partners, donors, volunteers and contractors.
NSC wore the ELAN® Smart home control system and the components required to deliver distributed audio SpeakerCraft® Speakers, distributed video, protection of the IP surveillance camera, complete 2GIG® Home security system, power conditioning and protection, thermostats and audio speakers. Lutron provided the Lutron RadioRA2 lighting control and the QS Triathlon motorized shutters at a reduced price. Yale contributed VeraEdge locking mechanisms for integration into the ELAN control system.
"I am very proud to work with the Gary Sinise Foundation and NSC on these projects," said Jon Linville, owner of the electronics integration company Innovative Audio and Video in Arlington, Virginia, who designed and installed the house's digital infrastructure and donated his time, so that Maj. Haynes and his family have extremely simple technologies that improve the convenience, security and control of in-house systems. "It is a great program for families who have given so much to our country and I think it is the least I can do to help."
Maj. Haynes expressed his heartfelt appreciation to everyone involved. "Things that other people could do in 10 minutes, like taking a bath, used to cost me over an hour," he said. “Thanks to the Gary Sinise Foundation and our new adaptive home, I can now live a normal life. There is a big difference between a 24 inch door and a 36 inch door. Now I can maneuver my wheelchair into my children's bedroom to pull them in and kiss them good night. I am so grateful. "
"We are proud to work with the Gary Sinise Foundation to provide our wounded heroes with the resources they need to restore their independence and mobility," said Richard Pugnier, vice president of marketing at NSC. "Honoring our nation's heroes is one of the most rewarding things we do."
About the Gary Sinise Foundation:
The Gary Sinise Foundation was established under the philanthropic leadership of actor Gary Sinise, who has been working for our nation's defenders for nearly forty years. Our mission is to serve our nation by honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families and the needy. We do this through a range of national and local programs funded by the generosity of the Foundation's over 75,000 donors. These programs, designed to maintain, educate, inspire, empower, and build communities, serve American heroes and their families 365 days a year. To learn more, please visit www.garysinisefoundation.org
Information about Nortek Security & Control
Nortek Security & Control LLC (NSC) is a leading global provider of intelligently networked devices and systems for the home, security, access control and digital health sectors. NSC and its partners have deployed more than 5 million connected systems and over 25 million security and home control sensors and peripherals. Through its family of brands, NSC develops solutions for national telecommunications companies, big box retailers, OEM partners, service providers, security distributors, technology integrators and consumers. NSC is headquartered in Carlsbad, California and has over 50 years of innovation. The company is dedicated to the lifestyle and business needs of millions of customers every day. For more information, see www.nortekcontrol.com.
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