Adobe Home Systems & Homes for Our Troops Program Adapt Home for Wounded Vet
As part of Homes for Our Troops, Adobe Alarm Systems adapted an Arizona home for wounded veteran, Marine Sergeant Robert Bruce. Equipment included Speakercraft in-wall speakers, On-Q control system and Honeywell security system.
January 15, 2015
When Paul Landauer, owner of Adobe Alarm Systems in Phoenix, Ariz. heard the story of Marine Sergeant Robert Bruce, he knew right away he wanted to help the veteran.
Marine Sgt. Bruce was on his fourth deployment when he lost both of his legs and suffered multiple shrapnel wounds after stepping on an IED in the Helmand Province, Afghanistan on March 9, 2011. While providing security for the squad’s minesweeper, the 3rd Battalion 5th Marines were making their way up a hillside clearing IED’s so that the area could be used for future operations when the Marine ahead of Sgt. Bruce triggered an IED and lay injured.
Alerting his squad to the incident, Sgt. Bruce went to administer aid to his injured comrade and triggered a second IED. The blast traumatically amputated both of his legs below the knees.
Lifesaving measures prepared Robert and the other injured for medical evacuation by helicopter. Treated at Camp Bastion, he was stabilized for transport to Landstuhl, Germany. Sgt. Bruce arrived at Bethesda Naval Medical Center within days of his injuries and remained there for a month while enduring multiple surgeries before being transferred to Balboa Naval Medical Center, where he was fitted for his prosthetics and began his physical therapy. Robert continues receiving treatments and therapies as an outpatient at this time.
Through the support of the Home for Our Troops program, along with building partner Taylor Morrison, Adobe Alarm Systems donated time and technology as part of a homebuilding project for Sgt. Bruce. The specially adapted home in Mesa, Ariz. needed to comply with ADA standards for accessible design, something the team from Adobe Alarm Systems had to account for.
“Adapting the home’s technology to be more convenient for Sgt. Bruce was our top priority,” says Paul Landauer, owner, Adobe Home Systems. “One important element we installed was the Vacuflo central vacuum system. The retractable Hide-a-Hose management system, various attachments and conveniently placed wall outlets added important functionality that a traditional vacuum cleaner would never be able to offer.”
- Speakercraft in-wall speakers
- On-Q control system
- Honeywell security system
- VACUFLO filtered cyclonic power unit
- 40-inch Hide-A-Hose retractable hose management system with tools and garage kit
Landauer continues, “We also installed all of the keypads and other controls lower on the walls so Sgt. Bruce would have no problem managing security or other home systems from his wheelchair or when walking on prosthetics. The structured wiring all ran back to one distribution box in the single-floor home, so it was a very well thought out setup.”
In addition to providing homes to veterans at no cost, Homes for Our Troops provides pre and post-home delivery financial planning and household budgeting, home ownership education and a full year of warranty coverage to ensure the veteran is set up for long-term success as a homeowner. The 501(c)3 non-profit organization also follows up with veterans and is developing a network to provide assistance with employment, education, training, health, and other issues.
“I personally believe supporting veterans is our responsibility and one of the best causes we can contribute to,” Landauer says. “Sgt. Bruce made incredible sacrifices and I’m proud to be a part of this project to help make his life a little easier.”
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