16 November, 2008

Valour-IT, Week Two

Last Tuesday we celebrated the faithful service of our veterans who have answered the call to defend us. Veterans Day was also the kickoff of a fundraiser to support the wounded--our living veterans who have given the most.

If you've visited this blog before, you know about Soldiers’ Angels Project Valour-IT: it works closely with caseworkers in military and VA hospitals to supply technology that supports the recovery of wounded warriors. And now we're expanding:

  • Voice-controlled Laptops - Operated by speaking into a microphone or using other adaptive technologies, they allow the wounded to maintain connections with the rest of the world during recovery (over 2700 so far).
  • Wii Video Game Systems - Whole-body game systems increase motivation and speed recovery when used under the guidance of physical therapists in therapy sessions.
  • Personal GPS - Handheld GPS devices build self-confidence and independence by compensating for short-term memory loss and organizational challenges related to TBI and severe PTSD.
The competition to see who can raise the most by Thanksgiving (all monies go to the same account) is now starting its second week. You can donate or join a team and get a widget here to spread the word on your website, or just make a general donation here (tax-deductible).

You can also send donations to Soldiers' Angels, Project Valour-IT [YOUR TEAM], 1792 E Washington Blvd, Pasadena, CA 92025.

The war hasn’t been in the headlines lately, but each week still brings more wounded soldiers who need our support. Please help spread the word [download flyer]—to your office, your email list, your Facebook friends, your neighbors, etc. Our elected government called on our service members to do what they were trained for, and they answered the call with courage and commitment. Now it’s time to pick up our end of the bargain by doing everything we can to make sure they have what they need when they come home wounded.

More info: Project Valour-IT Blog, Chuck Z - the man whose wounds inspired it all (he also has some great graphics)