Project Valour-IT is an effort organized through Soldiers’ Angels. Their mission with Project Valour-IT is:
Project Valour-IT, in memory of SFC William V. Ziegenfuss, provides voice-controlled laptop computers to wounded Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines recovering from hand and arm injuries or amputations at home or in military hospitals. 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 background of the story is humbling, and I’ve given a donation to the Marine Team (yeah, I was a squid, but 80% of my time was on the Green side, and I identify with the Marines more).
There’s a competition of sorts, and the four services are shown here.
Where would your money go?
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.
And, if you know of a servicemember who was wounded and could use one of the voice-controlled laptops:
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…
And there’s a list of Military Medical Centers with reps there.
I’ve joined the Marine Team, and it’ll stay on the right sidebar until the Project / competition ends.
Got a buck to spare?