Last Tuesday we celebrated the faithful service of our veterans who have answered the call to defend us. Veterans Day was also the fundraising kickoff of a an organization that supports the wounded–our living veterans who have given the most. Non-profit Soldiers’ Angels Project Valour-IT works closely with caseworkers in military and VA hospitals to supply technology that supports the recovery of wounded warriors, including:
* 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 (over 2700 so far).
* Wii Video Game Systems – Whole-body game systems increase motivation and speed recovery when used under the guidance of physical therapists in therapy sessions.
* Personal GPS – Handheld GPS devices build self-confidence and independence by compensating for short-term memory loss and organizational challenges related to TBI and severe PTSD.
To make this fun, Valour-IT is having a competition among bloggers aligned along the service branches to see who can raise the most by Thanksgiving (all monies go to the same account). Bloggers can join one of the service branch teams to participate in the effort. Join a team and get a widget to post on your site here, or make a general donation here.
I am a member of the USMC Team, so if you are going to make a donation as a result of this post, please direct it to the Marines’ team.