03 May, 2008

Receiving and Asking

It's been awhile since I've mentioned Valour-IT here. I think it's time I correct that sin of omission. Check this one out--from a soldier injured in an explosive attack in Iraq:

I don't know where to start. I was thrilled and truly appreciative of the laptop donation that Soldiers Angels sent. My neurology team is ecstatic with the progress that I have made, yet we all temper our excitement as I still have a long recovery ahead. Due to the great hearts (sponsors, donors, volunteers and others too numerous to mention) within Soldiers' Angels I have become more mobile in my rehabilitation and the laptop is absolutely one of the tools that I have in my recovery toolbox. I use it to keep current on my schedule and have several applications that assist with recovery.

I know that my recovery has been aided by the cards, letters, and notes sent by your Angels. I love to read them and have started to send Thank You's to many of them. I just want you and everyone to know that your organization is a Godsend to Soldiers. Please send this note of Thanks to the appropriate personnel, and if there is anything I can do to help, let me know.

God Bless You and God Bless America.


I have to say that I don't know where to start in response to that.

But speaking of Soldiers' Angels, Patti (the organization's founder) was named by online vote as "America's Most Inspirational Mom" in March as part of contest sponsored by NBC and Teleflora for Mother's Day. Now she has been selected by NBC/Teleflora as a semi-finalist for "America's Favorite Mom."

What does that have to do with Soldiers' Angels? Two things: 1) As the founder and leader of Soldiers' Angels, any attention on her draws attention to Soldiers' Angels--both the needs of the troops and the opportunity to join Soldiers' Angels in meeting those needs. 2) Predictably, Patti is planning to use any winnings she gets to help the troops and their families.

Patti will be appearing on NBC's Today show on Monday morning (May 5), along with her deployed son and two other military moms. If she receives more votes than the other two moms, she will be a part of a primetime NBC special on Monday, with the chance to be the ultimate winner. BUT... You can only vote for her on ONE DAY--Monday!

So, please go vote for Patti. She's not only raised two American soldiers, but she's "mothered" hundreds of thousands of others... and a bunch of civilian Angels, too!

[Yeah, you gotta sign up to vote, and those marketing gambits are vile. But who says you have to give "accurate" information, hmmm? And besides, are you going to let a signup process keep you from helping put $250,000 in the hands of a woman who lives and breathes support for our military men and women? Btw, did you know my name is "David Spamalot?" *heehee*]