Calling All Angels… This is a big one! For seven years, Project Valour-IT has been supplying voice-controlled and other adaptive laptops to severely wounded heroes who need to stay connected while they recover, or who are building a new life as they transition out of the military. That’s over 6,000 laptops for wounded heroes!Every week brings more wounded troops home from the battlefield, but donations for Valour-IT are not keeping pace with their needs. To maintain this amazing project, Soldiers’ Angels is holding a very special fundraiser from Independence Day (July 4th) through Labor Day (September 3).Divided among four “virtual teams” named in honor of U.S. military service branches, the fundraising goal is to bring in at least $100,000 through friendly inter-service rivalry. This amount should be able to provide about 250 laptops for wounded heroes who an accessible computer to reconnect and build new lives. These heroes have literally sacrificed parts of their bodies in service to our country. As we celebrate the freedoms their service has given us, let us renew our efforts to ensure they have what they need to build their own new lives as wounded warriors. How can we give them less?
The Valour-IT project is something this site has been involved with since it’s earliest days. We’re at it again this year, as part of Team Navy (see the contribution button up there in the left corner? How about hitting it?!) There’s been some pitched competition between the teams – but of late the ardor (and alas, contributions) appear to have cooled. Let’s see if we can kick this up a notch or two. In years past there have been some videos rolled out, and as we noted during the 2007 competition:
I’m sure someone has put together a slide show set to (trite) tear-jerking music.
We opted for something kick@$$ instead…
So, here’s a blast from the past: a familiar video – but with some twists, courtesy Team Navy: