Saturday, October 24, 2009
Project Valour-IT provides 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 (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.
Valour IT is one of my favorite military charities. I've supported them every year and in 2006 led the Marine team to a squeaker with Navy (we outraised them, but they rallied to cross the finish line first and win the competition).
The inter service competition is all in good fun: all donated funds go to the same great cause and every cent we raise will go directly to wounded soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines. But as the smallest service, the Marine team needs all the help we can get to give larger services like Navy, Army, and Air Force a run for their money. We're determined to pull out all the stops this year. The competition starts Monday, October 26th. Over at VC we'll be featuring lots of Marine history, culture, stories of heroism, jokes, trivia, games and inter-service snark.
If you have a blog, please consider joining us. We've already got some fantastic bloggers on board (including the always-amazing Tigerhawk) but we can always use more. Even if you don't have a blog, please share this post with your friends and urge them to support the