South Jordan, Utah (PressExposure) May 20, 2008 -- A 2007 survey of severely wounded troops from the War on Terror found that 92% have trouble sleeping due to nightmares, insomnia and pain. In order to combat this looming problem among our already distressed military, CraftmaticÂ® Adjustable Beds has embarked on their CraftmaticCARES Program to donate one adjustable bed, free-of-charge to a severely wounded War on Terror veteran each week in 2008.
Layne Morris, U.S. Army (Ret.) from South Jordan, Utah is this weekâs winner.
Morris enlisted in the military in 1983 and served proudly in the Special Forces for 22 years before he was medically retired due to combat related injuries in 2005. He was last stationed in a southeastern province of Afghanistan along the Pakistani border with the 19th Special Forces Group.
âOur job was to hunt down Taliban and Al Qaeda members who were still operating in the southeastern area of Afghanistan,â Morris remembers. âOn July 27th, 2002 we were looking for a particular Al Qaeda suspect and got involved in a firefight. To make a long story short I ended up with a piece of grenade shrapnel in my head.â
Morris was immediately medically evacuated to Begram Air Force Base outside of Kabul and then on to Landstuhl Germany for a sensitive surgery to remove the shrapnel. Morris was blinded in the right eye and also sustained hearing and ear damage.
He was eventually sent to Walter Reed Army Medical Center to recover and then went home to South Jordan, Utah where he was to remain. He was medically retired from the Army in May of 2005 with a 50% disability rating from the VA.
Along with 92% of his peers, Morris has had a difficult time sleeping ever since he returned home from duty.
âWhen you get injured and you go visit the doctors, the first thing they ask you is, âHow are you sleeping?ââ Morris said. âBecause they know that so many things can be cured just from getting a good eight hours worth of sleep.â
Morris says that lots of times he will only sleep for a few hours and wake up at two in the morning, tossing and turning and unable to return to sleep.
âWhen you lie awake in bed because you canât get comfortable, inevitably you start thinking about things overseas and what happened,â he said. âItâs not a good situation to be in when you start questioning your actions and reliving what happened. Itâs just not good.â
Currently, Layne and his wife Liesl are sleeping in an uncomfortable, old water bed frame lined with two twin mattresses that they bought when they first got married.
âWhen you have four kids, a bed for yourself isnât really something that is a necessity,â Morris said. âI have heard that Craftmatic beds are the all-time âbed of bedsâ so I am completely excited and grateful to get ours set up. I think this will really help me finally get comfortable since my injury and help me sleep.â
âMorris was selected as this weekâs winner because of his incredible service and dedication to our country,â said Eric Kraftsow, Elevation Bed, LLC owners of the Craftmatic trademark. âDue to the âSâ shape of the spine, ordinary flat beds tend to create gaps where your legs and spine arenât supported. Craftmatic beds adjust so that these gaps are eliminated and the spine is fully supported. This eases the pain that these injured veterans are feeling when they toss and turn at night on their flat beds. Craftmatic is honored to assist these wounded heroes in getting the sleep and support that they deserve.â
For more information about the CraftmaticCARES Program, please visit [http://www.craftmaticcares.com/].