[Contributed for Valour-IT by the most excellent Cox and Forkum]
"At that time I had no use of either hand. I know how humbling it is, how humiliating it feels. And I know how much better I felt, how amazingly more functional I felt, after Soldiers' Angels provided me with a laptop and a loyal reader provided me with the software. I can't wait to do the same, to give that feeling to another soldier at Walter Reed." - Captain Chuck Ziegenfuss at TC Override (wounded in Iraq)
A short time ago, on my way back from Iraq, I had the honor and privilege of being with Soldier's Angels at LRMC and at WRAMC. My thoughts on that are yet to come; and, to be honest, it is one area where I am still processing the events and emotions. Words can't convey how I felt to watch our wounded arrive in Germany, to witness those who refused to enter on a gurney or litter but rather insisted on walking in, and to spend time with those who are now further along the road of treatment. To talk with those who face more surgeries with humor and determination, or those who -- despite their wounds -- are willing to go back to Iraq, Afghanistan, or wherever the front may be.
It was most humbling to be asked to be a part of something special one night, and to help present Valour-IT laptops to those who paid quite a price to receive them. I said then, and repeat now, my offer. For every recipient who writes in and shares what those laptops mean or have allowed them to do, I will make a donation to the fund. The amount will depend on how many write in.
I would also like to ask our readers what you would like to get to donate even more? Would you like to have me shave my head, have some form of auction for a photograph, or is there something else that I can provide that would get you to give more? Make a suggestion, and those that are reasonable (not to mention anatomically possible) will be considered. I am willing to put some item(s) of personal property and/or what little is left of my dignity up for donations to Team Army.
The main thing is: Give.
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