Thursday, July 26, 2012

Project Valour-IT

It was the first time I felt whole 
since I’d woken up wounded in Landstuhl.
–MAJ "Chuck" Ziegenfuss, on using a voice-controlled laptop
For the last seven years, Project Valour-IThas been supplying voice-controlled and other adaptive laptops to severely wounded heroes who need to stay connected while they recover, or who are building a new life as they transition out of the military.  That's over 6,000 laptops for wounded heroes!  Unfortunately, we don't know where the next laptop is going to come from...
Every week brings more wounded troops home from the battlefield, but donations for Valour-IT are not keeping pace with their needs.  To maintain the project, we are holding a special fundraiser from Independence Day (July 4th) through Labor Day (September 3rd).
Divided among four “virtual teams” named in honor of U.S. military service branches, the fundraising goal is to bring in at least $100,000 through friendly inter-service rivalry.   This amount should be able to provide about 250 laptops for wounded heroes who need an accessible computer to reconnect and build new lives. 
To do this, we need your help.  Please consider how you can make this fundraiser a success!  You can:
•    Share this link with everyone you know
•    Post about the fundraising competition on Facebook or other online forums
•    Tweet about it
•    Post it on your blog
•    Share it with people who blog or run websites
The fact is, this project changes lives.  Your donation and your efforts in this fundraiser will have an impact that is difficult to put into words, though Chuck's quote at the top of this page comes close: "It was the first time I felt whole..."
These heroes have literally sacrificed parts of their bodies in service to our country.  As we celebrate the freedoms their service has given us, let us renew our efforts to ensure they have what they need to build their own new lives as wounded warriors.  How can we give them less?