Wounded Argyle Veteran Receives "Smart Home"

Wounded Argyle Veteran Receives “Smart Home”

From Gary Sinise Foundation

With A-1 Freeman Moving Group

Argyle, TX -- United States Army Captain Jake Murphy (Ret.) will soon move into a new specially adapted smart home from the Gary Sinise Foundation with the help of Dallas-based North American Van Lines Agent A-1 Freeman Moving Group.

Cpt. Murphy is a double amputee who spent four weeks in a coma after an improvised explosive device exploded beneath him in Afghanistan on July 23, 2011. Cpt. Murphy can now use prosthetic legs, but his current home is not wheelchair accessible.

Through the Sinise Foundation’s R.I.S.E. (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment) program, the organization hires local builders to construct smart homes that meet the unique physical challenges of a wounded veteran or first responder.

Larry Vinzant, president, A-1 Freeman Moving Group, said the smart home will assist Cpt. Murphy to better tackle the basic tasks that come with being a home owner, husband, and parent of two young children.

“We are humbled and honored to provide moving services to Cpt. Murphy and to support the Gary Sinise Foundation,” Vinzant said. “Our service members sacrifice day in and day out to keep our freedom safe. This is the least we could do.”

Mark Waller, general manager, A-1 Freeman Moving Group, will oversee the move. Waller said his team has three main jobs for this specific move that spans from Texas to Missouri:

· Coordinate all the special furniture delivery to the home, donated by Shubert Design in St. Louis, and get it to the new home.

· Personally connect with Cpt. Murphy and his family to determine what needs to be moved from their old home in Flower Mound, TX and what items need put in storage or given away.

· Pack up Cpt. Murphy’s old home and move necessary items to the new smart home, storage or elsewhere.

“This is the most exciting part of my job,” Waller said. “Working directly with individuals and families, especially our military members, to accomplish a successful relocation. It gives our work real significance.”

Jerad Lovett, senior vice president of operations for A-1 Freeman Moving Group, said the A-1 Freeman moving team will pack up CPT Murphy’s belongings the first week of March.

“When we were asked to help these brave men and women, we jumped at the chance,” said Lovett. “For us, if we can assist in any way, we are ready to serve those who have made such an extreme sacrifice to protect the freedoms we all enjoy. We are humbled to be partners supporting the Sinise Foundation and those who have so bravely sacrificed for us.”

About A-1 Freeman Moving Group

Since 1974, A-1 Freeman Moving Group has become a Single Source Solution for the moving, relocation, logistics, warehousing, and transportation needs of thousands of individuals, governments, militaries, and many of the world's top businesses. A-1 Freeman Moving Group currently manages nearly one million square feet of warehouse space consisting of thirteen locations in Texas, Oklahoma, Georgia, Arkansas and Colorado. Our focus on excellence in customer experience & service has made us one of the most respected moving companies in the industry.

About North American Van Lines, Inc.

With more than 300 agents throughout the U.S. and Canada, North American Van Lines, Inc., established in 1933, is a leader in providing specialized transit services and high quality, personalized household goods moving services to consumers, corporations, military personnel and governments. North American, based in Fort Wayne, IN, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of SIRVA Inc., a leader in providing relocation solutions to a well- established and diverse customer base around the world. Information on North American Van Lines (U.S. DOT No. 070851) can be found on the Internet at www.northamerican.com.

About Gary Sinise Foundation:

The Gary Sinise Foundation honors America's defenders, veterans, first responders, their families and those in need. Through its R.I.S.E. program (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment), specially adapted smart homes are being constructed for severely wounded veterans and first responders nationwide. Each one-of-a-kind home is customized to ease the everyday burdens of a wounded hero, their family, and caregivers. Other programs include Relief & Resiliency Outreach, Invincible Spirit Festivals, Gary Sinise & the Lt. Dan Band, Arts & Entertainment Outreach, Serving Heroes, First Responders Outreach, and Soaring Valor. Its latest program, Snowball Express, serves the children of our fallen military heroes, surviving spouses, and Gold Star families. For more information, please visit GarySiniseFoundation.org.