When Sgt. Bond found out that he would be the first recipient of Easy Rest’s Bed For Our Troops Program he was excited and hopeful that he might find some comfort and a little bit more sleep. What he got was beyond his wildest dreams. March 28, 2012 – Baltimore, MD — Army Sergeant Justin Bond of Hanford, California hasn’t had a good night’s sleep since he was severely injured in an intense gun battle in Fallujah, Iraq almost eight years ago. But all that has changed thanks to the donation of a new adjustable bed from Easy Rest Adjustable Sleep Systems. Now he reports that he’s had to dust off the alarm clock he hasn’t used in years to help him get up each morning. “My old bed was horribly uncomfortable,” recalled Sgt. Bond. “I could never get comfortable in it and we couldn’t afford to buy a good mattress set so I started sleeping on an air mattress on the floor. Only problem was the mattress leaked and we’d have to fill it back up two or three times a night. It was also hard for me to get up and down off of the floor,” he added.
In 2004 Sgt. Bond was a gunner on a truck supporting the battle of Fallujah. During the firefight he sustained multiple injuries to his lower torso and was hit with an AK-47 round directly through the center of both knees. His injuries were so severe Doctor’s were forced to amputate his left leg above the knee. Since that time he has endured countless operations and he now has a metal pelvis, hip and tail bone. Upon returning home from the hospital the pain in his back, hip and legs constantly left him in pain and made it difficult for him to get comfortable in bed and he often retreated to his recliner to try and find a comfortable position and a few hours of sleep. Severe posttraumatic stress left him with regular nightmares that further affected the duration and quality of his sleep. When Sgt. Bond found out that he would be the first recipient of Easy Rest’s Bed For Our Troops Program he was excited and hopeful that he might find some comfort and a little bit more sleep. What he got was beyond his wildest dreams.
“Since receiving the bed a month ago I sleep through the night regularly,” said Bond. “I fall asleep so easily now and I wake up refreshed. Before it was so hard for me to get up and my body didn’t move because I was so stiff. Now I’m not nearly as stiff and I feel so much better. I sleep nine hours a night now and I can’t remember when I’ve slept that long. I’ve had to start using an alarm clock again to get up in the morning,” he added with a chuckle. Sgt. Bond’s wife, Laurel, reports that “he rarely complains about his back pains anymore and he’s feeling a whole lot better. And, I’m sleeping better, too, without all of his tossing and turning keeping me awake at night.”
“We are thrilled to be able to provide Sgt. Bond with an Easy Rest Adjustable Bed,” said Mo Maghari, National Sales Director for the Company. “We feel strongly that we have a responsibility to give back to the community and we can give no greater gift than the gift of sleep and rest,” he added. Sgt. Bond is using his new Easy Rest Adjustable Bed to rest up for a 60-day cross-country Segway ride to raise money for Our Heroes Dreams, a non-profit organization that he founded. The charity assists veterans with counseling, financial aid and grants wishes to injured veterans to help them find meaning and purpose in their lives despite their injuries. Sgt. Bond lives with his wife and three young children.
About Easy Rest Adjustable Sleep Systems
Easy Rest Adjustable Sleep Systems founders have more than 100 years experience in the adjustable bed business. The company offers a modern line of high-quality, U.S.-made, electric, adjustable sleep systems and mattresses to fit every health and comfort requirement, budget or lifestyle. Easy Rest stands behind every product it sells, and through its centralized national customer service office provides consumers swift and efficient responses to any product questions or problems. To learn more about Easy Rest Adjustable Sleep Systems, the health and comfort benefits of its full range of quality beds and mattresses, as well as Easy Rest adjustable bed sizes, options and features please visit www.easyrest.com or call 1-800-217-5206 today.
Veterans receiving an Easy Rest electric bed have been identified with the assistance of Homes For Our Troops, a nationally recognized charity that builds specially adapted homes at no cost to the veteran.
About Our Heroes Dreams
Our Heroes Dreams is a veteran run organization whose goal is to raise awareness and funds to support disabled veterans. The organization works to help veterans fulfill dreams in a manner similar to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. After helping veterans fulfill their dream the organization takes the veteran and their families through its Healing Safari program. During the safari veterans get to spend time with their families and other veterans while interacting with a variety of animals. They receive counseling and have the opportunity to go skydiving, scuba diving. The Healing Safari provides an unforgettable adventure for the vets and their families. Through the Healing Safari and other programs, the charity hopes to help lower the suicide rate of veterans by helping them find a new mission in life and a reason to wake up the next morning. Our Heroes Dreams is pending 501(c)(3) authorization. For more information please visit www.ourheroesdreams.org.
About Homes For Our Troops
Homes for Our Troops is a national non-profit, non-partisan 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2004. HFOT builds specially adapted homes for severely injured Servicemen and Servicewomen by raising donations of money, building materials and professional labor. The charity assists the veteran and their family members by coordinating the process of building a home that provides maximum freedom of movement and the ability to live more independently. The homes provided by Homes for Our Troops are given at no cost to the Veterans they serve. Charity Navigator has reviewed Homes for Our Troops finances and awarded them with its highest rating of 4 stars.
For more information please visit http://www.homesforourtroops.org.