17 January, 2008

Conversation with Carren

Ziegenfuss, that is. She's wife to still-recovering Chuck--the inspiration for Valour-IT--and she just finished her MSW coursework (I've watched her with fellow spouses of the wounded; she's a natural).

America Supports You recently interviewed her on the history of Valour-IT.

Here's how the ASY site describes it:

An interview with Carren Ziegenfuss, an Army Wife whose husband was seriously injured in Iraq. Carren will talk about her work with Project Valour-IT, a project started by the non-profit group Soldier's Angels, that helps provide voice-controlled and adaptive laptop computers to wounded Soldiers at major military medical centers. Carren's husband, MAJ Charles “Chuck” Ziegenfuss, is a soldier who suffered serious hand wounds while serving in Iraq.

She's an amazing lady, and she did a wonderful job conveying the history and value of the project (it's not long, and the best parts are toward the end).

Note: We've delivered over 2,000 laptops. These days, we don't have to buy the software ourselves, but work in conjunction with the DoD Computer/electronic Accommodations Program (CAP). DoD caseworkers identify soldiers who need the technology, CAP provides the software, and we provide the laptops to run it.