Nortek Security & Control (NSC) and the Gary Sinise Foundation, along with a roster of numerous other partners, donors, volunteers and contractors, recently pitched in to create an adaptive home for an injured veteran – demonstrating that smart home automation’s benefits can extend well beyond the level of convenience to true life enhancement.

U.S. Army Maj. Jeremy Haynes, who received severely debilitating wounds during a tour in Afghanistan, is now benefiting from adaptive home features in distributed audio and video connected to an ELAN control system, with SpeakerCraft audio, 2GIG security and more.

Adaptive equipment has helped Maj. Haynes’ recuperation process, but his home environment had impeded his ability to perform everyday tasks. That’s when the Gary Sinise Foundation, supported by Nortek Security & Control (NSC), Lutron, Yale Locks, a local home automation integrator, and a roster of others sprang into action.

NSC contributed the ELAN smart home control system and the components needed to provide distributed audio using SpeakerCraft speakers, distributed video, IP surveillance camera protection, complete 2GIG home security system, power conditioning and protection, thermostats and audio speakers. Lutron provided Lutron RadioRA2 lighting control and QS Triathlon motorized window shades at a discount. Yale contributed VeraEdge lock mechanisms for integration with the ELAN control system.

“I’m very proud to work with the Gary Sinise Foundation and NSC on these projects,” said Jon Linville, owner of electronics integration firm Innovative Audio and Video in Arlington, Va., who designed and installed the home’s digital infrastructure, donating his time so that Maj. Haynes and his family would have powerfully simple technologies that enhance comfort, security and control over house-wide systems. “It’s such an amazing program for families that have given so much for our country, and I feel it’s the least I can do to help out.”


Maj. Haynes expressed his heartfelt appreciation to all who participated. “Things that other people could do in 10 minutes, like take a bath, used to take me upwards of an hour,” he said. “Now, thanks to the Gary Sinise Foundation and our new adaptive home, I can live a normal life. There’s 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 tuck them in and kiss them good night. I am so eternally grateful.”

“We are proud to team up 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.”