4th Annual Project Valour-IT Fundraising Competition
Milbloggers have united across the globe for a friendly competition to raise funds for a project that has become very near and dear to their hearts. Many of them have been personally touched by the project called Valour IT.
Project Valour-IT supplies voice-controlled laptops and other technology that supports the physical and psychological recovery of wounded veterans. Each year the MilBloggers help spread the word about the project and encourage people to get on board by donating through PayPal on their blog. Teams are divided by service branch in a spirit of fun competition, though all the money goes to the same place.
Project Valour-IT, in memory of SFC William V. Ziegenfuss, helps provide voice-controlled/adaptive laptop computers and other technology to support Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines recovering from hand wounds and other severe injuries. Technology supplied includes:
- 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.
- 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 experience of Major Chuck Ziegenfuss, a partner in the project who suffered serious hand wounds while serving in Iraq, illustrates how important these laptops and other technologies can be to a wounded service member’s recovery.
Army Team Leader: Blackfive
Air Force Team Leader: Mudville Gazette
Coast Guard Team Leader: CG Blog
Marine Corps Team Leader: Doc Russia
This competition lasts until the day after Thanksgiving…check back to see if your “team” won. But, in this competition, everyone wins, especially our wounded heroes.
[Note: Soldiers’ Angels welcomes the support of so many wonderful bloggers who have made Project Valour-IT possible, but does not endorse any political content, neither are “teams” in this competition endorsed or sponsored by the DoD.]