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
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.
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?
Whoa! We are moving the needle quickly, now…
10:08 CT: USMC: $12,273
55,753 total donations!
3/4s now very much in play: $61,603
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wollfe of Howling at The Moon is leading the Marine team in this years Valour IT fund raiser.
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.
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