(Voice-Activated Laptops for OUR Injured Troops)
In memory of SFC William V. Ziegenfuss
Project Valour-IT, in memory of SFC William V. Ziegenfuss, provides voice-controlled software and laptop computers to wounded Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines recovering from hand and arm injuries or amputations at major military medical centers. Operating laptops by speaking into a microphone, our wounded heroes are able to send and receive messages from friends and loved ones, surf the 'Net, and communicate with buddies still in the field without having to press a key or move a mouse. The experience of CPT Charles "Chuck" Ziegenfuss, a partner in the project who suffered hand wounds while serving in Iraq, illustrates how important this voice-controlled software can be to a wounded servicemember's recovery.
The group of Army bloggers (join us here) supporting Valour-IT are:
My Side Of The Puddle
Andrew Olmsted dot com
G.R.I.T.S. a/k/a Keep My Soldier Safe
The Thunder Run
The Pugil Stick
Not Exactly Rocket Science
My Life As A Military Spouse
A Storm in Afghanistan
A Day In Iraq
Military Matters- Uncle Jimbo
Infamy or Praise
That Fallen Angel
Hitting Metal With A Hammer
The Pumpkin Spy
Military Families Voice of Victory
Righty in a Lefty State
Some Soldier's Mom
maggie's meanderings and shameless plugs
Cheeseburgers in Paradise
Outside The Beltway | OTB
Sons Of The Republic
Blue Crab Boulevard
Gazing at the Flag
Cop The Truth
A Second Hand Conjecture
No More Spin
Cursed by a Classical Education
Combs Spouts Off
You Betcha I'm a Proud Army Mom
Please visit and thank them for their support AND donate a few bucks to keep Team Army ahead!
If you joined the Army-side of this competition to help our heroes and I don't have you listed, please send me the blog post URL of your Valour-IT post.
Every cent raised for Project Valour-IT goes directly to the purchase and shipment of voice-activated laptops for wounded servicemembers. As of October 2006, Valour-IT has distributed nearly 600 laptops to severely wounded Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines across the country.
During its initial phase, Valour-IT created "libraries" of laptops equipped with voice-controlled software for the severely wounded staying at major military medical centers. In many cases a laptop was provided to a wounded hero for permanent use.
Valour-IT is continuing to accept donations of any amount to supply the "libraries" of laptops at major medical centers and gifts to individuals, but has also added the option of an individual or organization directly sponsoring a wounded soldier by completely funding the cost of a laptop and continuing to provide him or her with personal support and encouragement throughout recovery. This has proved to be an excellent project for churches, groups of coworkers or friends, and members of community organizations such Boy Scouts.
Most recently thanks to the efforts of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Valour-IT is now able to reach personnel in VA hospitals who would benefit from a Valour-IT laptop.
Wounded military personnel can request a laptop through the sign-up form if they are recovering at home or in military hospitals, or through the Valour-IT/Soldiers' Angels representatives if they are patients at the following medical centers:
Balboa Naval Hospital
Brooke Army Medical Center
Madigan Regional Medical Center
National Naval Medical Center (Bethesda Naval Hospital)
Naval Hospital, Camp Pendleton
Robert E. Bush Naval Hospital (29 Palms)
Walter Reed Army Medical Center