Project Valour IT- Last Day Push (With Updates)

If you’ve been procrastinating on this, today is the last day to help a wounded warrior through Project Valour-IT.

Although donations have been trickling in slowly, today, some big guns are helping out, and the possibility of reaching the halfway mark is now in sight.

138 Wounded American Heroes Need Your Help

That’s the number of requests Project Valour-It has they can’t afford to fulfill at the moment.

Howling at the Moon has the numbers:

Updates on fundraiser last day, from Chuck : 0700: $39,564
0800: $40,664
0900: $42,309 ….all Eastern Time..

The goal is 100,000 ($25,000 per branch of the Military)

You can donate to the Marines, here.

UPDATE:

9:07 (ct): $48,664 total

Team army: $23, 003

Team USMC: $10,553

Team USN: $5,931

Team Air Force: $2,881

Okay, halfway is already a lock…..How about 3/4s?

UPDATE II:

Whoa! We are moving the needle quickly, now…

10:08 CT: USMC: $12,273

55,753 total donations!

UPDATE III:

3/4s now very much in play: $61,603

USMC: $15,358

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Video: Thank God For The Soldier

For today’s Project Valour IT post, a video via Marine Team Leader, Howling At The Moon, Thank God For The Soldier performed by former Marine Artie Rodriguez:

With just a couple of days to go , we are still way below our goal of $25,000 with $7,248 (pitiful!)

Go here to make a donation to the Marine Team.

Here’s  a letter of thanks (in advance) for your generosity from a wounded warrior:

In 2005, I was wounded.  For some months, I was unable to use my hands.  They were simply too badly damaged from the blast, and the surgeries to make them usable again left me unable to do anything for myself. 

Then came Soldier’s Angels, who gave me a laptop, and paired it with special software that allowed me to control the computer, using only my voice!  Imagine, being able to do anything you can do with a mouse and keyboard, using just your voice.  For me, it allowed me to do one thing, that I could do before I was wounded.

That one thing–when everything: feeding, cleaning, scratching, everything had to be done for me–that one thing I could do for myself allowed me to connect to my soldiers, friends, and family. That one thing… that one thing began a long road to recovery.  It gave me hope; that I could learn to do other things like I did before.

That one thing is only possible if people like you care enough to help.  We have provided thousands of these systems since 2005, but the needs for these systems is still increasing.  I visit military medical facilities and meet with wounded troops, and know that there are ways to help them… and right now, I have to tell them to wait because we need funding.

Should our wounded have to wait for something that can help them heal, take their mind off their pain, or bring them a little sense of self?

Please help us raise $100,000 between July 1-14; to keep us in the business of providing for our wounded.  It seems like a lot of money, but every single dollar  helps.  Every dollar donated goes to the troops.  None of the VALOUR-IT donation goes to administrative or other costs.  You’d be hard pressed to find any charity that does that, but it was a stipulation I made when we set it up.  That number seems huge, insurmountable.  But you know how you eat an Elephant? One bite at a time.  Give what you can, please.  I know times are tough.  Times were pretty tough for me, too, and are pretty tough for young men and women learning how to use prosthesis, getting skin grafts, having wounds washed out.

Donate if you can, please share the message with others.  Get your friends to give what they can.  Write about it on Facebook and twitter.  Call in to a radio or TV show.  Spread the word. Spread the love. Spread the hope.

Thank you.

Chuck Ziegenfuss

Please Donate To Project Valour IT

Project Valour IT is a friendly competition among bloggers sponsored by the great organization that works for the benefit of our wounded military members, Soldiers’ Angels.  I’ve joined the Marine Team, as I always have in the past. This 3 1/2 minute video explains what Valour IT does for our war wounded.

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With only a few days to go, we’ve raised just a little over a quarter of our goal of $100,000.Each team has set a goal of $25,000.

Leading is Army, with 11,922.

USMC is in second with $6,578.

USN is in third with $3,661

and rounding out the bottom is the USAF with: $1,866.

Feel free to donate to any of these, if you so choose.

You can donate here for the Marine Team.

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Project Valour IT, Day 8

In case you don’t know, this is what this great cause is all about:

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.

Marine Team leader, Wollfe of Howling at the Moon dug up this 1962 advertisement for Marine Corps Officers, sung by Patsy Cline, to help get you in the giving mood.

UPDATE:

Each team has a goal of reaching $25,000. With just a week to go, the Marine Team is in second place with a paltry $6,503 raised. Army leads with $11,347 – almost half-way there. Navy is in 3rd place with $3,661, and rounding out the bottom is the Air Force with only $1,666 raised.

We can do better than that, people. I know the economy stinks, right now, but if  enough people participate, the donations don’t have to be large – every little bit helps. Let’s do this for the troops!

To donate to Team USMC, go here.

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Soldier’s Angels’ Project Valour IT Remembers The Brave



Wollfe of Howling at The Moon is leading the Marine team in this years Valour IT fund raiser.

Today’s message:

Just a little early morning something for your motivation.

Remember the Fallen, Honor their Memory.

Help the Wounded.

This slide show consists of photos taken at a formal dinner at the National
Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico, VA.

It is a beautiful presentation of the honor, commitment and pride today’s
heroes share with yesterday’s. To my Marine friends, I salute you.

Remembering the Brave

Soldier’s Angels, Valour IT
Give a little…. we have about $85,000.00 left to go.

Donations for the Marine Team can be made here.

UPDATES:

Little Miss Attila has more news and music to kick A$$ by…..

Project Valour-IT USMC Birthday Edition

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Two days away from the end of the competition, and on the 234th Birthday of the Marine Corps, the Marine team stands about $2000 away from our goal. We’ve worked hard, but we’re coming into the home stretch. I’d like to issue a challenge to all of you: let’s see if we can push the Marine team over the top today. With your help, I know we can do this.

Donations accepted, here!

Remember, it’s a great cause…Project Valour IT provides laptops with voice activated software to wounded soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen recovering at military medical centers all across America.

Today’s links:

Mind Numbed Robot ponders the meaning of “Semper Fidelis”:

“…the Marine Corps has never experienced a mutiny. Marines in England were revered for their loyalty to the crown, just as United States Marines are now revered for their downright fanatical dedication to each other, their service, and their country. Using Latin to characterize this quality represents its legitimization–its codification. Significantly, for Marines at least, it also provides a caste–a group that is separate and unique from any other–a group that has no desire to be like any other.What is left unsaid in the motto is also notable. The phrase is “Always faithful.” It isn’t “Sometimes Faithful.” Nor is it “Usually Faithful,” but always. It is not negotiable. It is not relative, but absolute.

Jules takes a stroll through Hahvahd Yahd and finds a few surprises:

It’s always easy to poke fun at the World’s Greatest University across the Charles, all the more so in recent decades as, like much of academia, it sank in a wretched swamp of America-bashing leftism while continuing to survey the world down its superior nose.Did you know that Harvard can now boast no fewer than 16 Medals of Honor among its alums? Thanks to the efforts of some veterans who have long treasured their university’s military traditions and dug into military records and Harvard archives, the university can claim the highest known number outside the service academies.

Courtesy of Dr. Melissa, Bob Parsons, CEO of GoDaddy.com gives a shout out to his fellow Marines.

No Sheeples has General Conway’s Birthday message.

The Marines have given a lot for us. Ercille has thoughts on how you can pay it forward. Bonus points for the dynamite Arty photos!

Speaking of which, the C-Square has page after page of wonderful photos of Marines doing what Marines do best. “Just keep scrolling”, as the saying goes.

Michelle Malkin rocks!!!

Mike the Marine’s Birthday video from 2008.

See also:

Drew at AoSHQ has a USMC birthday post up, as well.

MORE:

Mike the Marine’s Birthday video from 2008.

StixBlog adds birthday salutations! And a cool graphic, too:

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Hope Radio sends their greetings!

Blatherings Blog offers a Birthday Toast from former Commandant General Louis H. Wilson.

Right Pundits salutes our Marine of the Day, Corporal Jason Dunham:

You can see a photo of Jason below, and watch the moving video of President George W. Bush awarding the Medal of Honor to Corporal Jason Dunham, USMC, posthumously.Ercille has more birthday thoughts – link- and history-rich!

Coalition of the Swilling weighs in on that long, unbroken line.

Jimmy sends his best. Back atcha, bro!

I am an unabashed admirer of the United States Marine Corps and those who have earned the privelege to call themselves Marines. One of my very good friends, about whom I’ve written before, is a Marine of the old-school vintage. I called him this morning, as I do every November 10th, to wish him a Happy Birthday and he answered his phone, as he does every November 10th, with “Semper Fi”. It’s not truly his natal day, but it is a birthday to him and I’m pleased to honor that, and his incredible service, with a phone call. It wasn’t a long call but I told him I missed not being able to spend as much time with him as I’d like and that I love he and his marvelous wife. When we hung up, I was smiling and I could hear the grin on his end, too. November 10 is always a good day for him.Remembering Cpl. Jason Dunham: Blatherings Blog has a tribute to Jason Dunham and video, too!

Project Valour-IT Monday Update And Links

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The Marine Team has expanded its lead, but with less than 3 days left, we need to raise about $1500 a day to make our goal.

Donations accepted, here!

Remember, it’s a great cause…Project Valour IT provides laptops with voice activated software to wounded soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen recovering at military medical centers all across America.

The winners of the Valour IT video contest are in, and the Marine team took first place!

1st place Project Valour-IT: Help for our heroes from No Sheeples Here

This winner will receive a voice-activated laptop given in their name and a $75 gift certificate to the Soldiers’Angels store.2nd place NEVER GOING TO BE ALONE from the Watch Cat

This Winner will receive a Wii donated in their name and $50 gift certificate for the Soldiers’ Angels store.

3rd place How to Donate Video from the Greyhawks at Mudville Gazette.

This winner will receive a handheld GPS donated in their name and a $25 gift certificate for the Soldiers’ Angels store.

Video of the Day: Corporal Bobby Warns. No Sheeples Here also has a new one up!  Go for the video… stay for the sheep!

Hope Radio interviewed Cassandra from Villainous Company.

Project Valour-IT Update And Links

The latest stats:

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27945 Marines
20695 Army
9456 Air Force
11385 Navy

Wolff has a fantastic post on America’s fighting men:

The average age of the military man is 19 years. He is a short haired,
tight-muscled kid who, under normal circumstances is considered by society
as half man, half boy. Not yet dry behind the ears, not old enough to buy a beer, but old enough to die for his
country. He never really cared much for work and he would rather wax his
own car than wash his father’s, but he has never collected unemployment
either.

He’s a recent High School graduate; he was probably an average student,
pursued some form of sport activities, drives a ten year old jalopy, and
has a steady girlfriend that either broke up with him when he left, or swears to
be waiting when he returns from half a world away. He listens to rock and
roll or hip-hop or rap or jazz or swing and a 155mm howitzer.

He is 10 or 15 pounds lighter now than when he was at home because he is
working or fighting from before dawn to well after dusk.. He has trouble
spelling, thus letter writing is a pain for him,
but he can field strip a rifle in 30 seconds and reassemble it in less
time in the dark. He can recite to you the nomenclature of a machine gun
or grenade launcher and use either one effectively if he must.

Our Marine of the Day is Sgt. John Eubanks

When Marine Sgt. John Eubanks first went to Iraq, he was an infantryman and a weapons specialist. In the middle of his second tour in 2005, he suffered back injuries and a traumatic brain injury when his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device. Since then, Sgt. Eubanks has undergone numerous medical procedures, but perhaps none has been as therapeutic as his recent return to Iraq as a visitor. During his recovery, Sgt. Eubanks wrote about what such a journey would be like for him and other wounded warriors.

In October, when Sgt. Eubanks and six other wounded soldiers returned to Iraq as part of Operation Proper Exit, those written wishes became reality.

Jules Crittenden has a piece on those annoying “sounds of freedom”:

It’s a variation on the “Sound of Freedom” dispute, which is what happens when people move in next to military air bases. In this case, it’s the sound of two centuries of American freedom, twice a day. Next thing you know, some Barbary pirates pop up on the horizon, they can’t get enough of it. Hang on a sec … we do have Barbary pirates on the horizon. I guess this means we’re officially in the post post-9/11 era. Post-Barbary pirate era, whatever.

The rail of Constitution, by the way, is where the first United States Marine was killed in action. Lt. William Bush, Aug. 19, 1812, musket shot in the face while preparing to board HMS Guerriere in the action that earned Constitution the nickname “Old Ironsides.”

Two centuries later, United States Marines are still engaged, still taking fire, this time alongside our British cousins.

Miss Ladybug asks: What Is Freedom Worth to You?

The winners of the Military Demotivators contest, here.

Ercille mourns the fallen at Fort Hood

MaryAnn calls out the Army with a funny photo! It’s all in good fun :) MaryAnn is one of the Army’s biggest supporters. We’re lucky to have her on our side!

Project Valour-IT Update and Links For Thursday

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Marines: 22481
Army: 16920
Navy: 7266
Air Force: 8495

The Marine Team has expanded its lead. Help us be the first to cross the finish line. Donations accepted, here!

Remember, it’s a great cause…Project Valour IT provides laptops with voice activated software to wounded soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen recovering at military medical centers all across America.

Some great Marine team posts are up, today:

Pundit and Pundette: Some Gave All

Cassie Fiano: MCMAP In Iraq

The Daley Gator: Thank God for our Marines

Villainous Company: How God Created The Military Wife

Villainous Company: Those Magnificent Marines

 

Project Valour-IT Update

Good news. After nearly losing our lead to Army, yesterday, our fortunes changed, as you can see from this chart:

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Cassandra says it has something to do with the “awesome power of Marine dance moves”…

Could be!

Keep those donations coming!

These brave warriors are worth every penny:

MORE:

The Marine of the Day: Maj. Brian Dennis:

You probably hear a lot about the stray dogs that servicemembers find in the Middle East. The common theme is that our soldiers just love to kill those strays, because they’re bloodthirsty and mean and evil. It seems like that theme is more based in fiction than in reality, especially for one group of Marines. One dog even made such a connection with a Marine, Maj. Brian Dennis, that he searched the country for him, and Maj. Dennis fought to be able to take the dog he named Nubs home.

This is their incredible story.

See Cassie Fiano for the rest.

Project Valour-IT Marines Of The Day: Aaron and Diana Mankin

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This is, perhaps, one of the oddest love stories you will ever read.

There is an old saying: “Handsome is, as handsome does.” Had she done nothing else in her lifetime, Corporal Diana Kavanek, USMC would be, by any measure you care to name, a handsome woman.

A woman of substance.

“I found out I was going to be doing entry-control-point duty three days before I went out,” said Lance Cpl. Diana L. Kavanek, engineer, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Headquarters Group, II MEF (FWD). “It was a little shocking to me because I didn’t know I would ever be pulled for a duty like that. But I was ready to do my part.”Headquarters and Service Company, II MHG, was chosen to fill spots on the ECP female search team after a vehicle-born improvised explosive device killed five Marines and a Sailor, three of whom were female, and injured several more on June 23.

Major Michael J. Corrado, company commander, H&S Company, II MHG, II MEF (FWD), knew of the empty billets only days before the females were scheduled to leave.

“My initial thought was to accomplish the mission by supporting Regimental Combat Team 8, 2nd Marine Division, and not let those bastards who bombed that seven-ton think they would weaken our resolve,” explained Corrado. “My next thought was ‘Where are we going to find the Marines to replace them’? Many of the H&S Company Marines are wearing two and three hats already.”

Headquarters companies companies traditionally concentrate on administrative and logistical support. But war has caused the Marines to invoke one of their oldest mottoes: “Every Marine a rifleman.” Little did Cpl. Kavanek know how severely the qualities that got her through Marine boot camp were about to be tested.

Keep reading at Villainous Company.

Project Valour-IT Bleg: WE NEED REINFORCEMENTS!

If you haven’t yet done so, please consider a small donation to the Valour IT Marine team. We’ve managed to assemble a team of over 65 bloggers but it’s tough for us to compete with the larger services.

Until yesterday we had a $2000 lead over the Army and a $7-8000 lead over Air Force and Navy. But our position is being overrun. We need reinforcements!

The devices that Valour-IT funds have a profound and visible effect on users/recipients and ALL money donated for Valour-IT goes to purchase and shipping of laptops, Wiis, and GPS devices (that means ZERO OVERHEAD). Valour IT provides powerful tools that help severely wounded vets (not just those with hand problems) speed up recovery and treatment, maintain a support system, and regain a sense of independence.

Valour IT facts:

• in 4+ years Valour IT has provided 4,100 laptops, over 30 Wii systems to VA hospitals, and nearly 100 handheld GPS devices
• Total online funds collected to date: nearly 3/4 of a million dollars
• Every dollar raised goes directly to wounded vets military medical centers and VA facilities nationwide, such as:

o Balboa Naval Hospital
o Brooke Army Medical Center
o Madigan Regional Medical Center
o National Naval Medical Center (Bethesda)
o Naval Hospital, Camp Pendleton
o Robert E. Bush Naval Hospital (29 Palms)
o Walter Reed Army Medical Center

Here’s what your donation can provide:

Voice activated laptops:

1. Help wounded vets connect with still-deployed fellow service members (relieve anxiety about how their friends are doing, allow them to maintain a support system)
2. Allow vets to stay in touch with loved ones who can’t be at their bedside
3. Run therapeutic computer programs that help restore brain/vision function,
4. Can be used to research treatments, keep track of treatment regimen.
5. Retrain for post-military employment
6. Voice control makes using a computer one of the first things they can do on their own

Wii uses:

1. Physical therapists in VA hospitals and major medical centers are using Wii fit systems with their patients
2. Motivation: Wii Sports games key into natural competitive nature
3. Track progress in a fun way

GPS uses:

1. For those with very severe PTSD or TBI (memory problems, high anxiety, etc), having a GPS increases independence and restores a sense of competence. Short-term memory problems can make it hard to navigate of new locations. A GPS can mean the difference between success and failure.

Please help. These men and women have already given so much. The price of a nice six pack of beer or an inexpensive dinner seems the least we can to in return for their sacrifices.

Post by: Cassandra from Villainous Company

Project Valour-IT Monday Links

Standings so far:

Marines 14336
Army     13040
Air Force 6800
Navy       5205
Join the Marine team here:

Contribute to the Marine team here:

Cassandra has a great post up: The Joyful Warriors

Project Valour-IT Auction items, here.

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Project Valour-IT: Sunday Links and Updates

Video of the day: 101 Reasons to love the Corps:

The Marine team remains in the lead, having met 1/3 of it’s goal, but donations have slowed down, so if you haven’t yet donated, please consider doing so, here.

It’s not too late to be a Project Valour-IT Marine Team Member; you can join, here. You might want to shoot our  team captain, Cassandra, a note, and she can fill you in on all the particulars.

Jules Crittenden has a fantastic post up about Marines at Walter Reed:

What does it mean to be a Marine when you are one of the maimed at Walter Reed on Veterans Day?

“Everything,” Cpl. Peter Bagarella, 21, of Falmouth said simply.

Theirs is the story of service and sacrifice behind the statistics.

“This place is awesome. They gave me my eyes back,” said Bagarella. A remotely detonated bomb blinded him and vaporized his left leg in a palm grove in Haditha on Aug. 12. As the Iraqi ambushers opened up with machine guns and the Marines returned fire, Bagarella screamed, “Oh God! Oh God!” and used his thumbs to count his fingers. He asked the medics, “What’s gone? What’s gone on my body?”

Read the rest  at Crittenden’s place.

You can read about how Project Valour-IT began, here.

In addition to voice-controlled laptops, Valour-IT now helps provide active and whole-body video games such as Wii Sports, which is used to great effect in physical therapy, and personal GPS systems that help compensate for short-term memory loss and organizational/spacial challenges common in those with brain injuries.

Project Valour-IT News And Links

The Marine team is currently enjoying a narrow lead over Army, but keep those donations coming.

No Sheeples Here has entered two great videos, now into the video contest, here and here. Some more good ones entered by The Daley Gator, here.

For you quilt lovers, a beautiful Christmas quilt is being raffled off, here. Each dollar donated will equal 1 entry into the raffle.  Winner will be announced at midnight on Veteran’s Day.

Demotivator Contest is still going strong here. The contest will end Wednesday and there will be prizes.

Marine quotes throughout history, here.

Marine Team Blogroll:

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