Sunday, October 28, 2007

A Jump Start

The fundraiser doesn't start until tomorrow but I wanted to pass on information about Soldier's Angels Project VALOUR-IT. Laptop computers provide severely wounded soldiers with a means of communicating with loved ones. Soldier's Angels provides the laptops and the Department of Defense provides the voice-activated software. This opens up a whole new world for wounded soldiers.

Originally Valour-IT provided the voice-controlled software, but now works closely with the Department of Defense Computer/electronic Accommodations Program (CAP): CAP supplies the adaptive software and Valour-IT provides the laptop. In addition, DoD caseworkers serve as Valour-IT’s “eyes and ears” at several medical centers, identifying possible laptop recipients. Wounded military personnel can also directly request a laptop through the sign-up form or through the Valour-IT/Soldiers' Angels representatives at the following medical centers:
* Balboa Naval Hospital

* Brooke Army Medical Center

* Madigan Regional Medical Center

* National Naval Medical Center (Bethesda Naval Hospital)

* Naval Hospital, Camp Pendleton

* Robert E. Bush Naval Hospital (29 Palms)

* Walter Reed Army Medical Center

The annual fundraiser is a friendly(at times, snarky) and fun competition amongst the military branches. You can join one of the teams by clicking here.

The Navy Team Leader has created a forum which is a good clearinghouse for all the teams.

This is the third year I've participated in the fundraiser and it is a lot of fun. I hope you join one of the teams(NAVY/COAST GUARD). The one I've been part of is the best of the best and is of course the NAVY/COAST GUARD TEAM.

The goal is $240,000 this year. I expect this goal will be surpassed as in the two previous years.

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