*UPDATE* We are getting close. The goal was $100,000 and we are within $18,800 of the goal. To those who donated, thank you and good job. To those who haven’t yet, donate now if you can.
Yes, Barry is still playing games on the Hill and that has us all distracted, but there are still real warriors out there who have been gravely injured and need our help. What kind of losers would we be to rely on Uncle Sugar to do for our heroes what we can, and should, do for them ourselves?
Soldiers’ Angels Project Valour IT gets special equipment to our injured soldiers who otherwise couldn’t have it for communication with their families, friends and fellow soldiers. Today is the LAST DAY of their fundraiser for this equipment (but donate tomorrow if you can’t today, they won’t send it back to you and they will still put 100% of it toward a soldier’s needs.)
Rather than try to rework Blackfive’s post on the subject, I’m just going to bring it here. I know he won’t mind if you guys will dig a little deeper in the well and get our guys the help they deserve and need.
First, I want you to see what your donations do. They put adaptive technology to use for troops that might otherwise be disconnected from their families, friends and brothers back in the war zone. I’ve seen it happen more than once when a wounded soldier or Marine gets on the laptop for the first time and lets his team in the war zone know that he’s okay…
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Those men above are the very reason why this program exists. I wish it didn’t have to exist, but there is a need, and where there is a need, Soldiers’ Angels will do their best to fill it. Soldiers Angels Project Valour-IT has provided over SIX THOUSAND adaptive laptops to our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines.
I don’t even care if you join Team Marines, just join a team and help support these guys. We have over 138 requests right now that we cannot fill.
Stealing from Laughing Wolf:
Yes, things are being done at a different time and in a little bit of a different way this year, but this is for the Valour-IT campaign. Those of you who are long-time readers know what this means, but for those of you who don’t:
Imagine waking up in pain, foggy, hazy, not sure what has happened. You don’t just want to know how your buddies are, you HAVE to know. What the enemy hasn’t gotten, the medics may have as all those tubes and monitors have to attach somewhere. You want to check on your buddies, you want to talk to family, and you want to do it now. Phones may or may not be available, and you are very much used to getting on your computer and using it to communicate. But, that requires use of your arms and hands, and that can be quite a problem when you’ve been wounded.
Valour-IT makes the difference. The laptops from this program are loaded with special software that allows the recipient to use their voice to do things on the computer. From staying in touch with with their unit and family, to dealing with paperwork online, it makes it possible to do. That can and does make a tremendous difference in the life of a wounded troop.
I’ve had the honor to present some of these laptops, and to hear first hand of the difference they can make. They return a measure of independence during a time of great dependence on others.
Let’s honor their service and ours by helping give independence to those who have paid the blood price for liberty and freedom. Dig deep, dig hard, and spread the word. Let’s make this a real independence day.
Go get some tissues, your allergies are going to act up. Follow the links and read the articles. (I’m not sure UP is acting right just yet, just mouse around on this thing and click on anything that turns red.)
Just in case you can’t find the link for donations, I’m going to make it real plain right here: Link for Donations
And just in case you can’t find the link for Chuck’s story, I’m going to put it all right here:
Soldiers Angels VALOUR-IT fundraiser July 2011
In 2005, I was wounded. For some months, I was unable to use my hands. They were simply too badly damaged from the blast, and the surgeries to make them usable again left me unable to do anything for myself.
Then came Soldier’s Angels, who gave me a laptop, and paired it with special software that allowed me to control the computer, using only my voice! Imagine, being able to do anything you can do with a mouse and keyboard, using just your voice. For me, it allowed me to do one thing, that I could do before I was wounded.
That one thing–when everything: feeding, cleaning, scratching, everything had to be done for me–that one thing I could do for myself allowed me to connect to my soldiers, friends, and family. That one thing… that one thing began a long road to recovery. It gave me hope; that I could learn to do other things like I did before.
That one thing is only possible if people like you care enough to help. We have provided thousands of these systems since 2005, but the needs for these systems is still increasing. I visit military medical facilities and meet with wounded troops, and know that there are ways to help them… and right now, I have to tell them to wait because we need funding.
Should our wounded have to wait for something that can help them heal, take their mind off their pain, or bring them a little sense of self?
Please help us raise $100,000 between July 1-14; to keep us in the business of providing for our wounded. It seems like a lot of money, but every single dollar helps. Every dollar donated goes to the troops. None of the VALOUR-IT donation goes to administrative or other costs. You’d be hard pressed to find any charity that does that, but it was a stipulation I made when we set it up. That number seems huge, insurmountable. But you know how you eat an Elephant? One bite at a time. Give what you can, please. I know times are tough. Times were pretty tough for me, too, and are pretty tough for young men and women learning how to use prosthesis, getting skin grafts, having wounds washed out.
Donate if you can, please share the message with others. Get your friends to give what they can. Write about it on Facebook and twitter. Call in to a radio or TV show. Spread the word. Spread the love. Spread the hope.
I’m as poor as a Job’s turkey, but I’ve just donated. Donations don’t have to be big; as my Grandma always said, many hands make light work. But there’s no excuse for 138 injured soldiers doing without anything. Cough it up and tell me in the comments that you donated. Don’t bother telling me how much, just that you did it.