Project Valour IT
Project Valour IT was begun as a way to support our wounded veterans by providing voice activated computers and software for their use while they recover. You can read about Valour IT here.
Project Valour-IT, in memory of SFC William V. Ziegenfuss, 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. The experience of CPT Charles "Chuck" Ziegenfuss, a partner in the project who suffered hand wounds while serving in Iraq, illustrates how important this voice-controlled software can be to a wounded servicemember's recovery."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
And to make this fundraiser fun, there is some friendly competition between the Services -- Blackfive is leading the Army team, Mrs. SMASH for Navy, Mrs. Greyhawk for Airforce and Soldiers' Angel Holly Aho for the Marines. Competition closes a week from today but the wounded vets win regardless.
I plan to donate to each branch equally.... I know it's kind of a cop-out as far as the competition goes but it seems the most fair to me. (I have had family members serve in 3 branches, after all....)
So pick a branch (or 4) to support and do what you can -- I can think of no better way to say a big Thank You to our wounded veterans this Veterans Day!
Update: Okay, I've made my contributions (after some trouble remembering our pay-pal password).... It looks like folks are generous out there! The score right now at 2:30 pm CDT is: