Ariella Brown

Smart Homes Restore Independence for Veterans

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Re: Lieutenant Dan
Ariella   9/24/2016 8:56:38 PM
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@rbaz Definitely. I appreciate the fact that he literally gives of himself and doesn't just call on other to support his cause. 

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Re: Cheers, vets!
Ariella   9/24/2016 8:53:34 PM
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<building from scratch usually is a lot more effective in cost and time than modifying an existing structure, > @rbaz true, I've heard that with respect with plans for modernizing schools to leverage the possibilities of technology. Working around existing structures often proves ineffiencient.

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Re: Lieutenant Dan
rbaz   9/24/2016 4:31:23 PM
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'The band now performs close to 30 shows a year for military bases, charities and fundraisers supporting wounded heroes, Gold Star families, veterans and troops around the world.' Gary Sinise's dedication reminds me of Bob Hope. Don't know who's done more, suffice to say that they've done more than most.

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Re: Cheers, vets!
rbaz   9/24/2016 4:24:45 PM
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@Ariella, building from scratch usually is a lot more effective in cost and time than modifying an existing structure, newer and effecient materials are used uniformly throughout the entire structure requiring less short-term maintenance.

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Re: Cheers, vets!
Maryam@Impact   9/22/2016 5:16:57 PM
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Ariella thats great I am glad to see the veterans get homes that meet their needs after serving our countyr and protecting us all!

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Re: Cheers, vets!
Ariella   9/22/2016 10:10:13 AM
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@Maryam true. My impression of these smart homes is that they are designed from scratch to incroporate the features the vets would need to get around and then take on the "smart" controls rather than modified pre-existing homes.

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Re: Lieutenant Dan
Ariella   9/22/2016 10:08:28 AM
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<I mentioned this to Ariella offline. Does anyone else hear the name Gary Sinise and think of how Forrest Gump put him (Lt. Dan) through mental torture?>

As I said, the actor does consider that a part of his dedication to this cause. The bio that appears on the foundation's site says:

His portrayal of Lt. Dan Taylor in the landmark film Forrest Gump formed an enduring connection with servicemen and women throughout the military community. After several USO handshake tours in 2003, Sinise formed the "Lt. Dan Band" in early 2004 and began entertaining troops serving at home and abroad. The band now performs close to 30 shows a year for military bases, charities and fundraisers supporting wounded heroes, Gold Star families, veterans and troops around the world.

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Re: Cheers, vets!
Ariella   9/22/2016 10:06:14 AM
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@Jamescon that makes sense. Thanks for that insight from the perspective of someone with experience in the area.

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Re: Cheers, vets!
Ariella   9/22/2016 10:05:16 AM
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@kq4ym I did try to find out about how much it costs, but I was told that it varies according to the requirements of the individual and the costs of building in the area. Also they don't appear to have to cover the full cost of the technology because of the company's partnership with the foundation.

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Ariella   9/22/2016 10:05:12 AM
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@kq4ym I did try to find out about how much it costs, but I was told that it varies according to the requirements of the individual and the costs of building in the area. Also they don't appear to have to cover the full cost of the technology because of the company's partnership with the foundation.

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