It’s the annual Project Valour — IT fund-raiser, which raises money to buy laptops for severely wounded service members. Here’s a little more info about the fund-raiser:
As of October 2007, Valour-IT has distributed over 1500 laptops to severely wounded Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines across the country.
Valour-IT accepts donations in any amount to support the purchase and distribution of laptops, but also offers a sponsorship option. An individual or organization may sponsor a wounded soldier by completely funding the cost of a laptop and continuing to provide that soldier with personal support and encouragement throughout recovery. This has proved to be an excellent project for churches, groups of coworkers or friends, and members of community organizations such Boy Scouts.
Originally Valour-IT provided the voice-controlled software, but now works closely with the Department of Defense Computer/electronic Accommodations Program (CAP): CAP supplies the adaptive software and Valour-IT provides the laptop. In addition, DoD caseworkers serve as Valour-IT’s “eyes and ears” at several medical centers, identifying possible laptop recipients.
Fund-raising websites ally themselves with a specific branch of the military, and use their blogs to encourage people, not only to donate, but to do so by clicking on the donation link associated with that military branch. Will it surprise you to learn that, even thought I’m a member of the wonderful Navy League, I chose the Marines? I’ve always had a soft spot for the Marines.
So, I’ll keep you posted on how the Marines are doing in the donation race, and I encourage those of you who are interested to donate to this wonderful cause. (Incidentally, as of right now, the Marines are ahead.)
Hat tip: Michelle Malkin