Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Craftmatic Adjustable Beds and Coalition to Salute America's Heroes to Donate Beds to Wounded Troops

CRESTLINE, Calif. — Sgt. John Radell, U.S. Army (Ret.) was caught in an RPG attack in Iraq in July 2003 and sustained shrapnel to his right leg. Since then, getting a good night’s sleep has been a battle all in its own.

When he and his wife learned that they would be the first recipients of a free-of-charge Craftmatic Adjustable Bed, they were ecstatic to think that John might be able to sleep through the night.

The Craftmatic Adjustable Bed Company, the nation’s premier maker of quality comfort adjustable beds, and the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes (CSAH), the leading nongovernmental provider of emergency financial aid to severely wounded veterans from the War on Terror, have teamed up to give away one bed a week in 2008 to severely wounded veterans. CSAH identifies deserving troops and Craftmatic sends them a bed as a way of showing appreciation for their sacrifice.

“Our company is pleased to do our part to honor the brave service that our troops have provided for our country,” said Eric Kraftsow, a representative for Craftmatic. “We hope that the Radells get some much deserved rest thanks to their new Craftmatic Adjustable Bed.”

Radell was first told that he was a winner at the Road to Recovery Conference and Tribute, the nation’s largest gathering of severely wounded troops organized by CSAH and held in December in Orlando, FL.

The Craftmatic Adjustable Bed Company (Craftmatic Organization, Inc.) first began marketing electrically adjustable beds specifically designed for use in the world's bedrooms over 30 years ago. Today, Craftmatic company-owned direct sales operations and independent distributors service all of the United States, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, the Caribbean and Australia. Over 1,000,000 Craftmatic Adjustable Beds are now in use in customer bedrooms around the world.

The Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes (CSAH) is a 501 (c)(3), non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to helping the severely wounded veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and their families rebuild their lives. The organization is the top nongovernmental association helping wounded troops from Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom and since its 2004 inception, has assisted over 4,000 troops. Over $5 million dollars has been distributed to date to prevent car repossessions and utility shut-offs while trips to sporting events, entertainment parks, and shows help service members boost morale, break the boredom of the routine of recuperation and help reintegrate wounded troops into civilian life. The annual all expense paid Road to Recovery Conference provides seminars, career counseling, job fairs, evaluations, and inspirational success stories.

CSAH has partnered with numerous celebrities including LeAnn Rimes, Dave Matthews Band, Gary Sinise, Toby Keith, Charlie Daniels, Regis Philbin and Big & Rich and Fortune 500 corporations like Kellogg’s, GNC and GM, to help further its cause.

This type of donation certainly fills an unexpected by important need for wounded troops. It's nice to see a partnership between CSAH and Craftmatic to make this program a reality and impact the lives of deserving veterans and their families. This is an innovative program!

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