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Project Valour-IT: Team Navy (& Coast Guard!) and the 2012 Competition

As announced over at Soldier’s Angels:
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.

Yeah…

We opted for something kick@$$ instead…

So, here’s a blast from the past: a familiar video – but with some twists, courtesy Team Navy:

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Project Valour-IT: A Little Upfront/Straight Talk. . .

8 Nov update: Four days left folks- let’s make it count!!

Let’s set aside the competition for a minute and talk straight to the heart of the matter. Fact is, the need is great and growing. Our wounded warriors number in the tens of thousands, the majority of which would benefit in one way or another from the solutions being offered through Valour-IT:

- Soldiers’ Angels is responding to unmet needs-specific requests of medical personnel, and are working directly with personnel to identify individual needs (such as for the laptops).
– As the military/VA are more effectively meeting the tech needs of severely wounded in-hospital, we are finding new needs that are not being met.” (DoD and VA are starting to make voice-controlled computers available in-hospital, but not necessarily when patients leave and not necessarily laptops).
– Soldier’s Angels will continue to provide voice-activated laptops to severely wounded as a priority, where needed (6-10 a month at the moment).
– Physical therapists report Wii Sports and similar programs are extremely motivational and helpful in physical therapy and are requesting support in procuring them (hardware & software).
– Personal and vehicle GPS are needed for wounded with TBI and severe PTSD-helps keep them from getting lost and disoriented when they move to more independent living after initial in-hospital recovery or after being med-boarded out.
– Soldier’s Angels will also make laptops and desktops available to severely wounded leaving the service who need them for retraining, job hunting, etc.

As great as that need is, the need for your support is greater. Before this year’s fund drive began the coffers were near empty. There is no Federal, state or other governmental or non-governmental funding for Valour-IT — you are it. At the same time, no other organization can provide the direct, undistilled benefit to those in need like Valour-IT. Yes, times are tough and the current state of the economy does little to inspire near-term confidence. And yet — and yet for say, $20, about the price for a dinner for a family of four at a fast food joint, you have already started the process. Talk to a couple of friends, convince them to pass on the high bucks coffee for a week and contribute instead and in short order, ecce, another warrior is matched with a laptop, a wii or another technological device that will significantly help them down the road to recovery.

So here, today, right now — here is something you can do to make a difference. Make a donation – $10 or a thousand. Any and all amounts are welcomed – all put to immediate and good use. Make it via a team or direct to the site, please. The time is short, the need great and your thoughtful consideration and donation welcome. And tell someone you know…
– SJS

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VALOUR-IT Fundraiser, 2010 Edition Underway!

And we’re off…!

The 2010 edition of the Project Valour-IT fundraiser is underway and once again, Team Navy is one of the participating teams.

But what, you may ask, is Valour-IT?  What is it all about?

The short story is Valour-IT, an IRS-certified non-profit, non-political, volunteer organization provides technology aids  to wounded Soldiers, Marines, Sailors and Airmen in military and (thanks to coordination with the Military Order of the Purple Heart) VA hospitals. These aids enable severely injured servicemen and women to remain in contact with family and friends in spite of those injuries. Originally, the program focused on laptops with voice activated software, but that has expanded to include:

  • 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.
  • Wii Video Game Systems – Whole-body game systems increase motivation and speed recovery when used under the guidance of physical therapists in therapy sessions (donated only to medical facilities).
  • Personal GPS – Handheld GPS devices build self-confidence and independence by compensating for short-term memory loss and organizational challenges related to severe TBI and severe PTSD.
  • Each year, in support of this good work, milbloggers come together to engage in a friendly competition — heated, but friendly. Teams are purely for the sake of friendly competition, building on the natural inter-service rivalries of the U.S. Military.  Competition winners get “bragging rights,” but the true winners are the wounded warriors who benefit from the results of the friendly competition.  All funds raised go into the same Valour-IT account and are used to assist any wounded service member in need of Valour-IT’s support, regardless of his or her service branch.

    All kidding aside, let’s be clear about something – the need is great: tens of thousands of service members have returned wounded from combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. Imagine what a boost it would be to that young Marine, an Army officer who is a husband and father, or a Sailor in a burn unit with third degree burns on her hands to be able to reach out from their hospital beds and contact distant friends and families, and how much that can help in the recovery process.

    So please, contribute during the 2010 fund drive via your preferred team – every single penny donated goes directly to the purchase and delivery of technology; all overhead is funded or provided from other sources.  The contribution button over there to starboard will get you started…and thanks, from me, from Team Navy and especially, from those who have given so much.

    Oh, and did I mention the contribution button?  You know, the one over there to the right. . . 

    Project Valour-IT 2009: Entering the Final Stretch

    Three Days to go…and it’s time to press.

    Folks – and I’m especially calling out our sea service buds, we need to see some serious action in the funds column

    . . .  or the COD gets it:

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    … And ALL my seagoing buds know what happens when the COD fails to show… *ahem*

    Just, sayin’ you know…

    Valour-IT 2009: Video Competition

    So, its like this.  A competition is being held within the competition between the teams for best Valour-IT video.

    I’m sure someone has put together a slide show set to (trite) tear-jerking music.

    We didn’t.  We opted for some kick@$$ instead…

    So, a familiar video – but with some twists, courtesy Team Navy:

    Oh yes – did we mention that contribution widget over there to the right? It’s feeling a mite bit lonely these days, so how about showing it some love?

    Valour-IT 2009: Bacon, Swine, Pearls and Ping-Pong (non)diplomacy

    Ok – after an intro like that, I’m sure you are scratching your collective heads and wondering what gives?

    1.  Bacon:  As in Jeff Bacon – retired naval officer and cartoonist extraordinaire.  He who wields a cartoonist pen like a broad-axe, with no community being spared:

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    Jeff joins Team Navy for this year’s competition and has a few surprises up his sleeve…

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    heh, heh…guess Team Marines, Army and Chairforce better standby…

    2.  Swine, Pearls and ping-pong diplomacy?  Well — let’s let Jeff tell you all about it.

    UncleSamjpg300And finally, a PSA — if you want to checkout another wonderful effort underway, stop by and read about The National Cartoonist Society and what they’re doing to make our troops smile!

    Project Valour-IT 2009: Stuff? We Got Stuff…

    SAOfficialLogoThere’s that Nolan Ryan autographed baseball that has continued to elude you, or perhaps a personalized copy of Jim Stavridis’ Destroyer Captain strikes your fancy. . .maybe a signed print especially made for this year’s campaign by Chris Muir of Day-by-Day is high on your ‘most desired’ list ?

    These and much more are over on ebay for bid with all proceeds going to Valour-IT.  Mosey on over and take a look on a regular basis as more items are being added by the day.

    In the meantime – there’s the link over there to starboard that needs a little love, so how about a visit?

    Flightdeck Friday: Valour-IT Video Edition

    Team Army and Marines are yucking it up, figuring they’ve got this thing cinched in the early going and Chairforce entertains delusional dreams of finishing 3rd . . . sooooo, time for a little motivation:

    Well, that’s a start…

    Better, but not quite on topic (especially where DC and football are concerned – maybe it is time for replacements, but I digress)

    …closer

    There ya go!

    Now let me introduce you to the contribution widget – over there, to the right and yes, scroll up the page…

    Team Navy and most importantly, that service member who will receive a voice-activated laptop, Wii-fit or GPS via your generosity especially thanks you.

    VALOUR-IT Fundraiser, 2009 Edition Underway!

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    Valour-IT09_fullsizeAnd we’re off…!

    The 2009 edition of the Project Valour-IT fundraiser is underway and once again, Team Navy is one of the participating teams.

    But what, you may ask, is Valour-IT?  What is it all about?

    The short story is Valour-IT, an IRS-certified non-profit, non-political, volunteer organization provides technology aids  to wounded Soldiers, Marines, Sailors and Airmen in military and (thanks to coordination with the Military Order of the Purple Heart) VA hospitals. These aids enable severely injured servicemen and women to remain in contact with family and friends in spite of those injuries. Originally, the program focused on laptops with voice activated software., but that has expanded to include GPS systems and Wii game systems.  Since it began in 2005, Valour-IT has provided over over 4100 laptops to individual veterans, over 30 Wii game systems to VA facilities for physical therapy sessions, and over 100 handheld GPS systems to aid veterans with head injuries (TBI).

    Each year, in support of this good work, milbloggers come together to engage in a friendly competition — heated, but friendly. Teams are purely for the sake of friendly competition, building on the natural inter-service rivalries of the U.S. Military.  Competition winners get “bragging rights,” but the true winners are the wounded warriors who benefit from the results of the friendly competition.  All funds raised go into the same Valour-IT account and are used to assist any wounded service member in need of Valour-IT’s support, regardless of his or her service branch.

    All kidding aside, let’s be clear about something – the need is great: tens of thousands of service members have returned wounded from combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. Imagine what a boost it would be to that young Marine, an Army officer who is a husband and father, or a Sailor in a burn unit with third degree burns on her hands to be able to reach out from their hospital beds and contact distant friends and families, and how much that can help in the recovery process.

    So please, contribute during the 2009 fund drive via your preferred team – every single penny donated goes directly to the purchase and delivery of technology; all overhead is funded or provided from other sources.  The contribution button over there to starboard will get you started…and thanks, from me, from Team Navy and especially, from those who have given so much.

    Oh, and did I mention the contribution button?  You know, the one over there to the right?


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