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Monday, October 30, 2006

2006 Project Valour-IT Competition Starts Today

Most of you that come by here know that our Army son was wounded in Iraq in August 2005. His physical wounds have healed, but we know that there are many soldiers that need assistance.. and here's a project that is a wonderful way to help our wounded warriors!
If you need a reason (other than that these men and women have been wounded in your name), give in honor of your Dad or Grandad who served... or give in honor of your children and grandchildren who will still live in freedom in the greatest country on Earth because of the wounded and other military members that serve.
This cartoon is from the wonderful Cox & Forkum... but so deliciously captures the essence of this incrdible and noteworthy project.
I have unashamedly cribbed the following wholesale from the fabulous Blackfive.

ARMY STRONG! - 2006 Project Valour-IT Competition Starts Today
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"At that time I had no use of either hand. I know how humbling it is, how humiliating it feels. And I know how much better I felt, how amazingly more functional I felt, after Soldiers' Angels provided me with a laptop and a loyal reader provided me with the software. I can't wait to do the same, to give that feeling to another soldier at Walter Reed." - Captain Chuck Ziegenfuss at TC Override (wounded in Iraq)

Want to be part of something big?

Project Valour-IT, in memory of SFC William V. Ziegenfuss (Captain Chuck Ziegenfuss' father), provides voice-controlled software and laptop computers to wounded Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines recovering from hand and arm injuries or amputations at major military medical centers. Operating laptops by speaking into a microphone, our wounded heroes are able to send and receive messages from friends and loved ones, surf the 'Net, and communicate with buddies still in the field without having to press a key or move a mouse.

Valour-IT's online fundraising competition begins today! Let's see who can raise the most money to help reconnect our wounded warriors with the world! (Note from SSM: Only the fundraising designates a service as a friendly rivalry: all funds raised are used to provide any soldier, sailor, airman or marine that needs a pc...)

WHAT: Friendly fundraising competition for Valour-IT.
WHEN: October 30th through Veterans Day, November 10th.
WHERE: Based in the blogosphere, spreading everywhere else.
WHY: Because giving wounded warriors with hand and arm injuries access to a computer supports their healing and puts them back in touch with the world.
HOW: Blogger teams will be divided along military branches, with civilians "up for grabs."

The lines are drawn by service rivalry:

Jarheads (Marines) will be led by Villainous Company
Zoomies (Air Force) will be led by Op-For
Squids (Navy) will be led by Chaotic Synaptic Activity.
Doggies (Army) led by Matt and Jim of Blackfive

Non-military bloggers should choose a branch (like the Army) to support.

Now, normally, I don't take part in the brutal gentle inter-service rivalry, especially during war. But this is for a very important charity. So, civilian bloggers, choose your branch. Choose wisely...

Sign up for the Army team by enlisting at the Project Valour-IT site and click (under Army) "Join". We'll generate links, buzz, and get these heroes some Commo support!

What Valour-IT Needs From You:

Blog and email regularly about Valour-IT and the competition

Tell your friends, family and neighbors about Valour-IT

Put up these flyers around your community (I put one up at my local Starbucks).

So all you bloggers sign up with your choice of service and get the word out. Donate NOW!!!

It's a tax-deductible donation and eligible for matching funds from companies who do that sort of thing (see: for proof for the cautious).

The snail mail address for those who'd rather donate that way (be sure to put ARMY (or your preferred military branch) in big letters on the check):

Soldiers' Angels
1150 N Loop 1604 W, Suite 108-493
San Antonio, TX 78248

Let's be a part of something big.

The Army Team:
Wild Tangents
My Side of the Puddle
G.R.I.T.S a/k/a Keep My Soldier Safe
The Thunder Run


At 11/05/2006 8:34 AM , Blogger Soldiers Angels said...

Thank you from my heart for all you do,
How are YOU DOING?
How is that handsome son?
Thank you to all your readers for their help.


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