Startup aims to help aging veterans at home (Video)

Sophie Ho, special to

WASHINGTON — The mission of Blue Star Veterans Network is simple: use technology to ease the lives of millions of aging veterans in the comfort of their homes.

By providing a range of products that can help monitor health or call for assistance, the Bethesda-based startup company aims to help aging veterans pursue an independent lifestyle, while being connected to medical professionals, family members and caretakers.

The goal is to provide existing technologies geared towards “aging-in-place” for veterans in a one-stop shop website.

It seems a little paradoxical at times — Blue Star’s main target is an aging demographic that is usually not linked to tech-savvy living. But, as CEO and retired Navy Admiral Rob Wray puts it, Blue Star isn’t simply about the technology and products.

“The real goal is to provide technology where it currently isn’t,” says Wray. “Your average 85-year-old doesn’t know about the technology, and that

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