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QMotion Installs Shades in Smart Home built for Wounded Veteran in North Carolina May 25th, 2015

PENSACOLA, Florida – After serving and protecting our country in far away places, readjusting to civilian life at home can sometimes be difficult. That adjustment becomes even more challenging for those heroes who were wounded. Through the efforts of the Gary Sinise Foundation and their R.I.S.E. Program (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment), QMotion Advanced Shading Systems donated 29 motorized window shades in support of the construction of a specially adapted custom Smart Home for Master Sgt. John Masson and his family in Southern Pines, North Carolina.

After losing three limbs in Afghanistan in 2010, Masson was selected by Building for America’s Bravest, a partner program of the Gary Sinise Foundation’s R.I.S.E. Program, to receive a smart home to help him regain independence. With new technologies donated from top manufacturers, the home can be completely controlled through a smartphone or tablet.

“This is truly a blessing and it’s changed our lives,” said Masson of his family’s experience in the home. “I’m thankful every day for everyone involved, from the builders and workers on site to the companies that donated equipment and materials to Gary Sinise himself who helped get this amazing house built in less than 10 months. The technology is fantastic and it helps me do a lot of things much easier.”

QMotion donated 29 Qadvanced Automated Roller Shades featuring ultra-quiet, friction-free operation and no external wires. The Qadvanced Roller Shades provide unmatched quietness as they are virtually soundless when in operation through the use of its patented, battery-operated motors that are tucked away inside the shade tube. All QMotion Qadvanced Roller Shades are equipped with a patented manual override feature through which customers can operate the shades by remote control or by hand without damage to the shade or motor.

For more information about QMotion Advanced Shading Systems, visit QMotionShades.com.

About Master Sgt. John Masson

Masson served in the U.S. Army in Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm, in the Indiana Army National Guard, the Ohio Army National Guard and the 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne), and he was deployed during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. In 2010 while conducting Village Stability Operations in Afghanistan, Masson stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED) and lost an arm and both legs. Thanks to his training, he was able to assist his fellow Medical Sergeant in treating his wounds – actions that saved his life. He received both the Purple Heart medal for his injuries and a second Bronze Star medal for his actions in combat.

About QMotion Advanced Shading Systems

QMotion Advanced Shading Systems manufactures automated window coverings that are assembled in the United States and sold by a network of premium dealers and partners. QMotion manufactures motor control assemblies for automated window coverings that are integrated and sold by fabricators around the world. QMotion’s industry-leading product line includes motorized roller shades, honeycomb shades and motorized drapery rods that use standard D-cell alkaline batteries, are safe by design with no cords and can help reduce energy costs. The Qadvanced Roller Shades and Honeycomb Shades are the only automated products on the market that feature a patented manual override. The Qadvanced Roller Shades are also available in a low-voltage option. In 2014, QMotion received numerous industry awards, including technical innovation awards from the Window Covering Manufacturer’s Association and best new products awards from Technology Integrator, Electronic Lifestyles, CE Pro, Residential Systems and TecHome. Learn more about QMotion products and dealer opportunities at QMotionShades.com.

About Gary Sinise Foundation

Gary Sinise Foundation honors defenders, veterans, first responders, their families and those in need by creating and supporting unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen and build communities. These include its R.I.S.E. program (Restoring Independence and Supporting Empowerment), whose flagship initiative is a specially adapted custom Smart Home building project for severely wounded veterans.  Each home is customized to ease daily challenges and help restore independence with features like retractable cook tops, cabinets and shelving, elevators and more, all accessible via an iPad. The Gary Sinise Foundation is constructing these one-of-a-kind homes all across the country, each for a wounded hero, their caregivers and family. Other programs include Relief & Resiliency Outreach, Invincible Spirit Festivals, Serving Heroes and Arts & Entertainment Outreach.  Over the years, the Foundation has formed numerous corporate partnerships including, the Carrington Companies, who donate and provide real estate development and construction management services to build the R.I.S.E. program’s Smart Homes. For more information, please visit GarySiniseFoundation.org 

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