2GIG and ELAN Smart Home Gifted by the Gary Sinise Foundation Provides U.S. Army CPT Jake Murphy with the Control He Needs

Disabled Veteran with his family standing outside their smart home

While on a mission in Afghanistan on July 23, 2011, a pressure plate improvised explosive device detonated beneath U.S. Army Captain Jake Murphy, immediately taking his left foot and causing an anoxic brain injury that put him into a coma.

Against all odds, Murphy emerged from his coma four weeks later and was flown to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he eventually lost both of his legs.

Recognizing Cpt. Murphy’s immense bravery, the Gary Sinise Foundation R.I.S.E. (Restoring Independence, Supporting Empowerment) program provided him and his family a specially adapted smart home with technologies by Nortek Security & Control in an effort to help improve and simplify everyday life for the family of four.

“When designing this home for Captain Murphy and his family, simplicity was key,” said Jason Hanifan of Comware AV, the ELAN dealer that designed the home technology solution. “With that in mind, we personalized the ELAN Control System to make it easy for the whole family to control all the integrated technologies in the 3,598 square foot home.”

Comware AV built the system with an ELAN gSC10 as the main system controller, with an ELAN S1616A providing audio distribution and a 8×8 HDBaseT™ Matrix for video. The Murphy family can manage their home’s security, audio, video, Lutron® lighting, fans and shades, plus thermostats, and door locks through ELAN HR30 remotes in the family room and master bedroom, ELAN 7” Touch Panels in the kitchen and master bedroom, as well as through the ELAN app on their smart devices and with voice control through ELAN’s Amazon Alexa® integration.

With security being essential to the family, Hanifan and his team installed a 2GIG security system with over 40 sensors wirelessly connected to a 2GIG GC3 panel, which is integrated into the ELAN control system. According to Hanifan, “In addition to the intrusion sensors, we added 2GIG Glass Break Detectors to monitor for the sound of breaking glass in the home, 2GIG Motion Detectors, ten 2GIG Smoke Detectors, plus Carbon Monoxide Detectors.”

Murphy and his family can easily review the status of their home’s doors and windows before leaving the house or turning in for the night, using the GC3 panel, two 2GIG SP1 secondary touchscreens or any of their ELAN interfaces. If a door is left open, the 2GIG system will annunciate exactly which doors or window are open, and where. For further security, an ELAN network video recorder captures video from six ELAN surveillance cameras, all which can be managed from within the ELAN app.

To simplify the home control, Hanifan and the Comware AV team personalized automated scenes, such as “good night,” which automatically locks the doors and adjusts the lights, or “away” which automatically locks the doors, turn off the lights and sets the thermostats to a certain energy-saving level. “By initiating the ‘relax’ scene, the lights will switch to their designated level and the TV will go on,” said Hanifan. “With ELAN, the scene options are endless, which is ideal for Captain Murphy and his family. For example, when he wakes up in the morning he simply needs to say ‘good morning’ and everything will adjust to his desired settings. It’s that easy.”

For the Murphy family, music and entertainment are important aspects of home life. The Comware AV team installed 18 SpeakerCraft AIM282 speakers to maximize audio performance, and added a 1,000-watt Sunfire HRS10 subwoofer so the family can really “feel” the entertainment in the media room.

To ensure that all of the home’s technology receives uncompromised power for optimal operation, the system components plug into a Panamax M4315-PRO power conditioner with BlueBOLT® remote power management, while a Panamax MB-1500 battery backup guarantee protects the system in case of a power outage.

According to Scott Schaeperkoetter, Director of Operations for the Gary Sinise Foundation’s R.I.S.E. program, the smart home system has completely transformed everyday life for the Murphy family. “We’re constantly looking for new ways to improve the lives of these veterans and with Nortek Security & Control’s line of smart home and security solutions, we’re able to completely customize the smart home technology in each home to fit the individual needs of the veteran and their family,” he said. “We’re honored to be able to support their journey to regain their independence.”

About ELAN
ELAN®, from Nortek Security & Control, develops an award-winning line of whole-house entertainment and control solutions distributed through a comprehensive channel of select dealers throughout the United States, Canada, and countries worldwide. The ELAN 8 update was honored with the “2017 Human Interface Product of the Year” award, and continues to expand its intuitive functionality with security, climate, surveillance and video distribution products and integrations. To learn more, visit www.elanhomesystems.com.

About Nortek Security & Control
Nortek Security & Control LLC (NSC) is a global leader in smart connected devices and systems for residential, security, access control, and digital health markets. NSC and its partners have deployed 5 million connected systems and over 25 million security and home control sensors and peripherals. Through its family of brands including 2GIG®, ELAN®, Linear®, GoControl®, Mighty Mule® and Numera®, NSC designs solutions for security dealers, technology integrators, national telecoms, big box retailers, OEM partners, service providers, and consumers. Headquartered in Carlsbad, California, NSC has over 50 years of innovation and is dedicated to addressing the lifestyle and business needs of millions of customers every day. For further information, visit nortekcontrol.com.

2022 Memorial Day Discounts for Veterans


May is designated as National Military Appreciation Month to recognize and honor all U.S. service members. Memorial Day falls during this month of appreciation on Monday, May 30, 2022.

As we recognize and honor those that have died in American wars, we also honor those that have served, and are serving.

Several businesses are offering discounts or deals as a way to honor U.S. military personnel and veterans on Memorial Day.

Professional sports games played over the Memorial Day weekend typically include tributes to the military and many businesses advertise Memorial Day deals and discounts.

Check out our list below to see the ways in which restaurants are supporting and appreciating our troops. Unless otherwise specified, these deals apply to all branches of the military for active-duty, retired, and veteran members.

Here are some of the deals available listed on The Patch:

APPLEBEE’S: Spend $25 or more in one transaction & score free movie ticket to “Top Gun: Maverick” in theaters May 27. Spend $50 or more in one transaction for two free tickets. Offer is good for dine-in or takeout. Details. The chain also added two new $5 summer sips: the “Sunset Mana Rita” and “Tipsy Shark .” Location finder here.


ARBY’S: Celebrate National Hamburger Day with new, limited-time Wagyu Steakhouse Burger, on menus through July 31. The 6.4-ounce burger is blend of 52% American Wagyu & 48% ground beef, cooked Sous Vide-style, and includes cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles, red onion & special sauce on brioche bun. Bacon & ranch optional. Prices start at $5.99, but may vary by location. Details.


BLACK ANGUS: Among new seasonal specials is the “Summer Grill,” with choice of steak, plus ribs, shrimp, chicken, two sides & slice of watermelon. Prices from $25.99 to $39.99, depending on steak selection. See info here. Location finder.


CHEVYS FRESH MEX: Cocktail deals on Memorial Day Monday, May 30: $3 house margaritas; and $5 Cadillac Margaritas (Lunazul Reposado, triple sec, sweet & sour with side shot of Cointreau Noir). Locations.


CHILI’S: A National Burger Day special — only on Saturday, May 28 — features “3 for $10 – Big Mouth Bites.” In short: four mini burgers with bacon, cheese, sauteed onions & house-made ranch, plus non-alcoholic beverage, starter & fries for $10. Starters include soup, salad or chips & salsa. Website & details here. Find locales here.


CORNER BAKERY: From May 27-30, patrons can take $5 off Family Meals. Promo is offered online and in-store. Diners can mix & match up to four entrées, including paninis, pastas, salads, sandwiches & breakfast meals. E-club members will be sent reminders May 27. E-club sign-up. Locations listed here.


DICKEY’S BARBECUE PIT: It’s a Memorial Day weekend BOGO deal for Big Yellow Cup Rewards members: Buy one brisket sandwich, get one free May 28-31. Rewards members will receive one unique code by email to redeem online via app only. And in another special offered through May 29: Get a brisket sandwich, side & Big Yellow Cup for $8.99. Available online & via app only (no coupon code needed). Offer found on online and app menu under “Deals.” Website. Locations listed here.


EL POLLO LOCO: Take advantage of military service discounts — 15% off orders — offered (maximum value of $1.50) to military personnel, police officers, firefighters, EMTs & federal law enforcement agents. Ask cashier for discount prior to payment, and show badge if not in uniform. Also note “Senior Discounts,” for ages 60 and up, are 10% off (with maximum value of $1). Details. Location finder here.


EL TORITO: Memorial Day marg specials on Monday, May 30, feature $3 house margaritas and $5 Cadillac Margaritas (Lunazul Reposado, triple sec, sweet & sour with side shot of Cointreau Noir). Locations.


FARMER BOYS: Graduating seniors, who post photos in their caps & gowns to their Instagram feeds and tag @farmerboysfood,will score free Big Cheese burger. Participants must join VIF (Very Important Farmers reward app), plus limited to one entry per grad & one offer per mobile device. Grads then receive code to unlock free burger deal in VIF app. Freebie runs through June 30. Locations listed here.


FATBURGER: On Saturday, May 28 — National Hamburger Day — the chain will drop 500 limited- edition NFTs (non-fungible tokens) on first-come, first-served basis, that can be exchanged for a free Original Fatburger during June. “Minting” begins Saturday at 3pm PST. See details. Location finder here.


FOGO DE CHAO: Active duty military & veterans are offered 50% off their meals Monday, May 30, plus up to three of their guests will get 10% discount for dine-in tabs. Participants must present military or DOD ID to receive discount, and alcoholic beverages, tax & gratuity not included. Locations.


GRACIAS MADRE: All veterans can enjoy 10% off brunch Monday, May 30. Among menu options: chilaquiles ($18); cinnamon oat pancakes ($17); avocado toast ($15); French toast ($17); breakfast burritos ($21); plus such signature cocktails as Gracias Madre’s Fresh Juice Mimosa or Rose Sangria. Book online on website here, or call WeHo 323-978-2170/NB 949-386-8100.


LONG JOHN SILVER’S: A 20% military discount is offered Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, to those with valid ID. On other days, 10% off orders is available as a thanks to those who served. Details here. And for two other deals running through May 31 at participating locales: take $2 off any variety platter; or take $5 off any family meal of 8 pieces or more. Required coupons found here, by scrolling to bottom of page. Location finder here.


MARCO’S PIZZA: A Memorial Day Weekend pizza deal, running May 26-29, offers patrons 20% off any pizza when using code MEM20. The special is for orders via the chain’s app or online, with such pizza pie options as All Meat, Deluxe, Garden, Hawaiian Chicken, Pepperoni Magnifico and White Cheezy. Find location near you.


MCCORMICK & SCHMICK’S: Back by popular demand for Memorial Day weekend are “Seafood Boil Packs To-Go.” Packs come with andouille sausage, corn & potatoes, plus instructions. Choose from Shrimp Boil ($29), Loboster & Shrimp Boil ($49) or Lobster Boil ($39). Pre-order by phone by May 26 to guarantee availability for May 28-30 pick-up. See ordering details here. Locations.


MORTON’S THE STEAKHOUSE: Memorial Day prix-fixe menu will be served May 27-31. Includes starter, entree choice (filet mignon, pork chop, shrimp scampi, salmon, chicken or lobster ravioli) and dessert. $65 per person. “Chef’s Table” grill kits also available for takeout. Details hereLocations.


OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE: Military veterans & active duty, with valid ID, can enjoy a 10% “Heroes Discount” off their guest check. The offer runs every day, year-round, and also extends to nurses, doctors, medical staff, police, firefighters & first responders, with valid medical, state or federal service ID). Details. Find locations.


PIEOLOGY PIZZERIA: Use promo code MEMORIALDAY — from May 28-30 — and get $5 off $25+ orders, both in-store and online. Participating locations in California include: Carlsbad; Carson; Chino; Dublin; Escondido; Fremont; Irvine – The Market Place; La Mirada; Roseville; San Leandro; Walnut; and Yuba City. Website here.


RED LOBSTER: A BOGO deal to kick off summer is available to teachers, school faculty & staff, who show valid school ID. Diners buy one entree and get a second entree (maximum $20 value) free. The special, runs May 23-June 5, for dine-in only. Details. Location finder here.


ROCK & BREWS: Celebrate National Burger Day — Saturday, May 28 — with a special deal. Diners who buy one entrée will get the fan-favorite “Oklahoma Smash Burger” for $5.28 (typically priced around $15.95). The burger is stacked with grilled onions, cheddar cheese, dill pickles & mustard sauce on brioche bun. The special is at locations.


7-ELEVEN: 7NOW customers can celebrate Memorial Day weekend with free pizza. First-time users of 7NOW delivery app can use code PIZZA to redeem one free pie with any delivery order. The special begins May 25. 7NOW delivery app can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play, or by visiting 7NOW.com or 7Rewards.com.


SMASHBURGER: Celebrate National Hamburger Day with a $5 deal on the Double Classic Smash — two Angus beef patties, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, pickles, ketchup, toasted bun & “Smash Sauce.” Promo is in-store & via the Smashburger’s website/app with coupon code: Hamburger. Website here. locales listed here.


SUBWAY: Use promo code 15OFF and get 15% off foot-long sub sandwiches. At participating restaurants through July 11. Details here. Locations list here.


THE HABIT BURGER GRILL: Here’s a weekend freebie: Download & register for The Habit Mobile App to score a free Charburger with cheese with purchase of a regular drink. For first-time registrants only. Info here. Location finder here.


WAYBACK BURGERS: On National Hamburger Day, May 28, get a BOGO (buy-one-get-one-free) deal on Classic Burgers. Available only via the app at participating locations. One per app account, and may not be combined with other offers. Info here. Weekly deals for Burger Month here. Find locations.

For more deals and discounts, check out:

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Downtown Mesa honoring those who serve with ‘Hometown Hero’ banners

Mesa Arizona honors those who served with banners in the city for Memorial Day

By Niala Charles, 12.news

The banners recognize the veterans’ sacrifice and remind the community of their dedication to our country.

If you drive through Downtown Mesa, you will find banners honoring veterans and active-duty military members to celebrate Memorial Day. The 49 banners are on streetlamps along Main Street until June 5 as part of Memorial Day observances to recognize their sacrifice and remind the community of their dedication to our country.

The banner program is administered by the City of Mesa Community Engagement Office in collaboration with the non-profit, community-based Downtown Mesa Association. Each banner was purchased by a loved one or gifted by the city. If the featured service member isn’t from Mesa, they are tied to someone who is.

“The City of Mesa takes pride in recognizing and celebrating their dedication to our country,” said Jenn Duff, the Vice Mayor of Mesa.

One of the things that is so true blue about us is our support of veterans. It’s a really important part of who we are,” said Natalie Lewis, the Deputy City Manager of Mesa.

The Hometown Heroes Banner Program is part of a series of events in Mesa to honor veterans and active-duty military members:
Memorial Day May 30 I.D.E.A. Museum, 150 W. Pepper Place, and Arizona Museum of Natural History, 53 N. Macdonald, are Blue Star Museums offering free admission to active military, with identification, and their families from now through Labor Day, Sept. 5. Arizona Celebration of Freedom July 4 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. with various military and veteran displays East Valley Veterans Day Parade Nov. 11. The banners will also be displayed along Main Street and Macdonald Veterans activities at Falcon Field Airport Mesa Vets Connect, a valuable online resource for veterans needing assistance

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Memorial Day: One veteran’s opinion for Memorial Day

veteran and family at tombstone

On Memorial Day, 1945, the war in Europe had ended but the fighting in the Pacific continued, Lt. Gen. Lucian Truscott voiced remarks at the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery at Nettuno, Italy. Turning his back on the assembled VIP’s he faced the rows upon rows of headstones and apologized to the 20,000 fallen Americans who had been laid to rest far from home.

He was quoted as saying, “All over the world our soldiers sleep beneath the crosses. It is a challenge to us – all allied nations – to ensure that they do not and have not died in vain.”

Fast forward to Memorial Day 2022, and the familiar voices of brothers in arms begin to call one another on the phone. People usually think of reconnecting with former military buddies as a joyous happening. However, for this Memorial Day, the topic of conversation was not an armistice, a promotion, or even a daughter’s wedding or new addition to a home, it was about the latest in a string of suicides that silence the voice of our brothers but brought renewed connections from other familiar voices. One desperately said, “Sir, I needed to call someone who could understand this.”

Everyone in the greatest generation understood war. At home they experienced rationing, schoolchildren collected scrap, and women took up factory jobs while overseas the troops endured combat and were witness to some of the largest and most brutal atrocities in the modern age. When the war was over, they followed the lead of Lt. Gen Truscott and committed their lives to ensure that they “have not died in vain.” The shared sacrifice of a generation united them and helped them solve tough problems.

In subsequent wars, such as the Korean and Vietnam era, Veterans did not experience the same level of understanding and thus either turned their voice inward or used their voice to fight for one another on subjects that varied from Agent Orange, PTSD, and other once-silent conditions.

The War on Terror introduced a unique time in our nation’s collective history as acts of war played out in real-time on our media devices. Although only one percent of Americans served post 9/11, it seems 100 percent of the country used their voice to express their opinions of this shared history as it unfolded.

For Korea and Vietnam Veterans, war was not a shared experience and therefore various voices having various opinions helped further the national conversation regarding the treatment of veterans leading to safer and more thoughtful approaches. Unlike the veterans of Korea and Vietnam, the veterans of the last several decades did not return home to the voices of dissent that could be addressed directly, instead, they returned to a polite nation that creates media of dissent and very little opportunity for honest, open dialog.

This new era of media, learning, and personal discussions bring rise to the question, “Do people really remember why we hold our veterans in a place of honor?” For years, voices saying meaningless phrases like “the enemy gets a vote” or “there’s nothing you could have done” were meant to comfort those of us who have held the heavy responsibility of leading troops in combat. However, many people seem to lack the understanding that our hearts have been forever scarred by the invisible wounds of war, scarred by guilt and grief, and by the longing for forgiveness that will never come. Even if forgiveness was offered, it would be hard to accept as no mere words can undo a life experience and because of this, we often feel isolated, misunderstood, and undervalued therefore our voices remain silent.

As conversations with the voice on the other end of the phone come to its inevitable conclusion, I am reminded that to remain silent is a betrayal of my obligation to those who made the ultimate sacrifice. As Horace Bushnell once said, the best thing for us to do is to remember “what they have put it on us to do for the dear common country to which they sold their life.” As we gather as one nation this Memorial Day, my hope is that instead of directing shallow words of gratitude at each other, we do as Lt. Gen. Truscott did and direct our gratitude directly towards those who made the ultimate sacrifice. In both our words and actions, let us all commit ourselves to serve the country to which they gave their lives.

While there is still much work to be done, the generation of Veterans from this century have access to vast resources, life-saving technology, and increased information. This same generation of Veterans is just now starting to define our post-service legacy and like our grandparents, return home with a deep commitment to service, and a desire to address the many problems that we face.

Director of Military & Veteran Outreach, retired US Army Captain Joe Regan
Director of Military & Veteran Outreach, retired US Army Captain Joe Regan

One such issue needing to be addressed is helping Veterans find purpose in their post-service lives. Truscott’s apology to the dead are not empty words, but a strong voice reminding us that we have an obligation to choose resilience and purpose when faced with guilt or grief. As an example, Gold Star Families, who have experienced tremendous loss, continue to serve their communities to maintain the legacy of the loved one they lost. I often recall a colleague of mine responding to the question “why do you do so much to help Veterans?” he simply held up his finger, choking back tears he responded, “for the one I couldn’t save.” By choosing to use his voice to advocate for other veterans, he not only helped them find their purpose – he found his own.

It’s often said that for those who have served “every day is Memorial Day,” a traditionally silent observance in the Veteran’s mind that can best be described as an impossible trinity made up of an overwhelming sense of guilt, grief, and grit. Usually, a moment of silence on this day is a welcomed and solemn way to honor the voices from our past, but for myself, after losing three former soldiers to suicide in the past few months, silence is no longer an option and the freedom to use our voice is the greatest gift that our veterans have to offer this Memorial Day.

Wreaths Across America logoJoseph Reagan is the Director of Military and Veterans Outreach for Wreaths Across America. He has almost 20 years experience working with leaders within Government, non-profit, and Fortune 500 companies to develop sustainable strategies supporting National Security, and Veterans’ Health. He served 8 years on active duty as an officer in the U.S. Army including two tours to Afghanistan with the 10th Mountain Division. He is the recipient of multiple awards and decorations including the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.

To view resources for service members, veterans, and their families, please visit learn.wreathsacrossamerica.org/veteranresources

Chicago fundraiser ‘Ruck March’ supports veterans in need

Veterans at the Ruck March

By , Fox 32

With Memorial Day around the corner, one Chicago veterans group is preparing for their biggest fundraiser of the year.

The daily average of veterans who die by suicide has dropped, but the pandemic put a huge dent in services.

The big event later this month aims to show veterans they are not alone.

The Chicago Veterans Ruck March is 17 miles and raises money for veterans in need — 17 miles representing how many veterans die each day from suicide.

“The Ruck March is basically bringing awareness and it’s also giving soldiers a therapeutic value that they can wear their lost soldiers picture, they can do it in their honor,” said Carlos Vega, Veteran Outreach and Events Coordinator. “And also bring awareness that PTSD is an issue and it needs to be addressed.”

For eight years, the organization Chicago Veterans has hosted 300 community events in 45 Chicagoland communities.

“This is all about keeping us together as a team. One team, one fight. We’re all fighting one mission. We’re all battling ourselves,” said Army veteran Armando Vega, Organizer of Veterans in Recovery.

Vega has been sober for more than eight years. Through Chicago Veterans, he launched the Veterans in Recovery program. Money from the fundraiser helps keep the program going.

“It’s all about paying it forward, helping others and ain’t nothing better than helping another brother or sister veteran,” Vega said.

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More enlisted airmen, guardians are eligible for bonus pay as staffing needs grow

airman jumping out of an airplance with two other airmen looking on

by Rachel Cohen, Yahoo News

Enlisted airmen and guardians in more than 60 career fields can earn some extra cash this year by extending their time in the service — a much broader retention push than in 2021.

The Department of the Air Force will dole out hundreds of thousands of dollars in bonus pay to troops who reenlist by Sept. 30 to work in 63 specialties with particularly high turnover or exorbitant training costs, from Chinese and Russian language experts to satellite and radar operators.

After seeing unusually high retention at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, the Department of the Air Force is beefing up its incentives for people to stay. Bonus pay dried up between 2016, when the Air Force offered extra money to 117 career fields, and 2020, when just 37 specialties were eligible. Forty fields were eligible under the program’s most recent update in 2021.

Members of the Air Force and Space Force can earn up to $100,000 in each of four periods of time over the course of their careers: when they have served between 17 months and six years; six to 10 years; 10 to 14 years; and 18 to 20 years. They’re allowed a total windfall of $360,000 over the course of their career. Staff Sgt. Clayton Wear

Bonuses are tallied by multiplying one month’s base pay by the number of years an airman chooses to reenlist, and multiplied again as much as fivefold depending on how urgent a career’s staffing needs are.

This time, service officials have added jobs like cyber warfare, Farsi language analysis, cyber intelligence and fighter maintenance, while others — including human intelligence — have dropped off the list.

Special operations airmen are still in high demand, from pararescuemen to combat controllers, as well as explosive ordnance disposal crews.

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Can soldiers consume CBD energy drinks?

U.S. Soldier drinking Rockstar beverage with hemp leaves in the background

by Sarah Sicard, MilitaryTimes

Rockstar has become the latest in a string of energy drink companies to add a hemp-infused beverage to their offerings, so consumers can chill out while they rage.

But soldiers beware, these drinks have a slim chance of causing you to pop positive on a drug test.

“A single use of some hemp products may result in a positive drug test result for THC,” Matt Leonard, Army spokesperson, told Military Times.

“[Regulation] AR 600-85 prohibits soldiers from using products made or derived from hemp, including CBD, regardless of the product’s claimed or actual THC concentration and whether such product may be lawfully bought, sold, or used in the civilian marketplace,” Leonard said.

Hemp plants contain more cannabidiol (CBD) than cannabis, which contains more tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Although it’s unlikely, there’s no guarantee that hemp or CBD users will avoid showing positive for THC, which is what the Army tests.

“No test currently exists to identify the source of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in a urine sample to determine if it was derived from illegal marijuana, or other products such as hemp energy drinks or Cannabidiol (CBD) infused products,” Leonard added.

“Hence, to protect the integrity of the Army’s drug testing program the only type of hemp products authorized within the Army Substance Abuse Program, Army Regulation (AR) 600-85 are those used as a durable good (eg. rope or clothing).”

So soldiers should avoid the hemp, unless you’re taking up twine-braiding or decide go on a hippie handmade hemp clothing bender. But it seems easy enough to abstain. These drinks aren’t exactly designed to keep the average soldier awake on duty.

Rockstar Unplugged, which comes in three flavors — blueberry, passion fruit and raspberry cucumber — isn’t meant to keep an exhausted person alert.

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Nebraska teen accepted to all five military academies; sets out to serve America

Noble Rassmussen holding military hats

By Angelica Stabile, FOX News

High school senior Noble Rasmussen intends to serve his country well — and all five U.S. military academies seem to agree.

The Nebraska teen joined “Fox & Friends” on Friday to celebrate his acceptance to all five academies.

He then announced on the program that he’ll be attending the United States Air Force Academy in June.

Rasmussen, a cadet with the Civil Air Patrol, said that his interest in applying to each school was sparked from a desire to represent and serve the United States as a whole.

“I want to serve my country the best I can,” he said. “So applying to all academies [presented] the option to serve anywhere.”

“I feel like it’s my duty to serve my country.”

VIDEO: Watch the interview on FOX & Friends

While the “noble” sentiment of military service complements Rasmussen’s first name nicely, his mother, Cheri Rasmussen, said that was his parents’ exact intention when they named him.

“Our prayer for him his whole life was just to have that noble character of honor, honesty and integrity,” she said. “Just to kind of rise above and have that high moral principle.”

“God has blessed us with that, and we see those qualities of leadership and maturity in Noble.”

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NASM Supports Military Families with Career Opportunities

Young military couple kissing each other, homecoming

By Chris Billingsley

NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine), a global leader in fitness education and certifications, supports military families – not only on days like the annual – Military Spouse Appreciation Day – but every day by providing 30% off all courses for military members and their families, as well as a free course on mental toughness.

Since 2017, NASM has been recognized as a Military Friendly School, and its Certified Personal Training (CPT) program is also eligible for military funding reimbursement.

Not only do NASM courses offer invaluable health knowledge, for military members and their spouses, NASM also offers flexible career opportunities perfect for a military family’s lifestyle, which can often include multiple moves and makes working in a traditional environment difficult.

Working as a NASM certified personal trainer, wellness coach, or nutrition coach offers the freedom to work wherever and whenever works best for your family, while offering the purpose and satisfaction that comes from helping others achieve their goals.

In fact, for those that want to coach virtually, now is the best time to get started. NASM is seeing a 23% uptick in graduates who are offering virtual services since 2017, with the online fitness industry projected to grow from $16.15 billion this year to $79.87 billion in 2026.

Military spouses looking for career opportunities can also apply MyCAA scholarship funding to specific programs, including a Group Fitness Instructor certification through AFAA (Athletics and Fitness Association of America).

Learners have many options for their course of study – whether they’re interested in offering clients nutritional support, fitness knowledge, or comprehensive wellness coaching. NASM even offers bundles of courses as well as specializations, such as virtual coaching, to help students create the best program for their career goals.

For more information on how NASM supports military members and their families, visit www.nasm.org/certified-personal-trainer/military-support.

Arkansas veterans honored as motorcyclists travel cross country

motorcyclists honor veterans in Arkansas

By Jade Jackson, THV11

RUSSELLVILLE, Arkansas — A large American flag hung by the local fire department blows with the wind as motorcyclists ride over a hill to the River Valley Veterans Memorial Park in Russellville.

They are riding as part of ‘Run for the Wall’, and are stopping to rest and eat at the memorial park along their journey. ‘Run for the Wall’ is an annual motorcycle ride in the United States that features parades around the country supporting Veterans and patriots traveling from Ontario, California to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington D.C.

They ride across the country to remember those Veterans missing in action, killed in action, or others who are prisoners of war.

Their ride through Arkansas counts as day 5 for them traveling from the West Coast to the east. While resting, they also honored the veterans remembered at the memorial.

“It’s the longest and hardest ride through the entire journey. We have a lot of miles to put in,” said Christina Roulston, the Arkansas state coordinator for ‘Run for the Wall’.

Roulston said the stop in Russellville is a new one. They usually stop for lunch in Coal Hill, Arkansas but the usual organization they work with has veterans who are aging and dealing with health problems. So unfortunately they weren’t able to feed them this year.

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Retired Army captain runs 44 miles in effort to raise awareness for veterans’ mental health

Kyle Butters crosses finsish line carrying a U.S. flag

By Bradley Bennett, Cincinnati News

In Pasadena, Maryland, Retired Army Capt. Kyle Butters could be seen running and carrying an American flag for an important cause last weekend. “This flag has been everywhere from Afghanistan (to) Kuwait (to) Turkey,” Butters said.

More than just sentimental value, the flag he carries is the symbol of freedom and sacrifice. Butters ran 44 miles total.
It’s all to raise awareness about mental health issues facing veterans.” It’s affected me personally.

I was medically retired from the Army due to mental health issues. I’ve also lost soldiers to suicide throughout my time in the Army (and) even since I’ve been out of the Army,” Butters said. Starting in his own Pasadena neighborhood, Butters ran 4 miles every four hours for a total of 22 miles a day to represent the estimated 22 veterans who commit suicide every day.

”They think that during the COVID pandemic, that (it has) gone up by as much as 20%,” Butters said. “I chose to use running as my platform because not every veteran has the physical ability to do what I do, and people pay attention when you do big distances. ”He’s raising money with the run — more than $12,000 — to support the Infinite Hero Organization. ”They provide grants to veterans and also to research causes, whether it’s brain injury, PTSD, even physical disabilities,” Butters said. Butters said he’ll be back at it again next year and hopes this is something that can spread to other states with the ultimate goal of normalizing tough conversations that could save lives.

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