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Over at Soldiers Angels, they're having a fundraiser for their Project Valour-IT program.

If you aren't familiar, here's a little background:

Project Valour-IT began when Charles "Chuck" Ziegenfuss was wounded by an IED while serving as commander of a tank company in Iraq in June 2005.

During his deployment he kept a blog (an online personal diary, opinion forum, or news analysis site-called a milblog or military weblog when written by a servicemember or about military subjects). Captivating writing, insightful stories of his experiences, and his self-deprecating humor won him many loyal readers. After he was wounded, his wife continued his blog, keeping his readers informed of his condition.

As he began to recover, CPT Ziegenfuss wanted to return to writing his blog, but serious hand injuries hampered his typing. When a loyal and generous reader gave him a copy of the Dragon Naturally Speaking Preferred software, other readers began to realize how important such software could be to CPT Ziegenfuss' fellow wounded soldiers and started cast about for a way to get it to them.

A fellow blogger (blog author) who writes under the pseudonym FbL contacted Captain Ziegenfuss and the two realized they shared a vision of providing laptops with voice-controlled software to wounded soldiers whose injuries prevented them from operating a standard computer. FbL contacted Soldiers Angels, who offered to help develop the project, and Project Valour-IT was born.

In sharing their thoughts, CPT Ziegenfuss and FbL found that memories of their respective fathers were a motivating factor in their work with the project. Both continue their association with this project in memory of the great men in their lives whose fine examples taught them lasting lessons of courage and generosity.


A great charity, without a doubt.

Now, to make things fun...

Soldiers Angels has split up the donations into four teams: Army, Navy, Marines, and Air Force. First team to $60k "wins". Of course, all the money goes to the same place, but it's so much more fun this way. ;)

Michelle Malkin is on the Marine Corps team, Hot Air is on the Air Force Team, Captain's Quarters is on the Navy team, and I, of course, have joined the Army team (headed up by Blackfive), along with Major Ziegenfuss. The Army team, by the way, is winning!! Go Army! :)

What's interesting, as Michelle noted, is the noticeable lack of lefty blogs. Where's their support for the troops now? What about the head Kos Kid himself, Mr. Markos Moulitsas, who loves to remind us constantly of his service in the Army? Why hasn't he joined the Army team and made a donation? He certainly hasn't made any posts about it (a search for Soldiers Angels brought up two stories, neither of which were about the fundraiser. Project Valour-IT brought up zero results.). There's plenty of posts about protesting the war though, of course. Support the troops, indeed.

But in any case, go join the team of your choice (or just join the best team, Team Army!). Give, give, give! It's for a GREAT cause!


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Comments (9)

Sorry, there's just no way ... (Below threshold)
Veeshir:

Sorry, there's just no way I can justify givng money to them. I would like to help you but.....

Go Marines!!!

Wait a minute, do NOT forge... (Below threshold)
DJ Drummond:

Wait a minute, do NOT forget the Coasties!!!!

OK. OK. I wouldn't mind see... (Below threshold)

OK. OK. I wouldn't mind seeing the Marines win. They are part of the Navy after all and my dad was a Coastie (in the Navy for the duration) and my uncle was Army Air Corps. So I guess I can support the Army and the Air Force.

Me? US Navy. Oh yeah. Free wartime music:

The author of I Wanna Go Home, Karridine, has authorized me to give away 1,000 free copies of the song to our men and women in the military for personal use only. However, recipients of a free copy can let anybody listen to it if they want. Members of the military can put it on their i-pod, use it on their computer, or make one CD.

You can find out how to get a free copy at 1,000 Free Copies.

If you want a copy for review e-mail me. My e-mail address is on the sidebar.

Sorry, but all of our donat... (Below threshold)
Wizbang Blue:

Sorry, but all of our donations go to support the noble freedom fighters of Hizbollah.

And to our pot dealer.
depp=true

I donated by following the ... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

I donated by following the link in the embedded flash graphic. However, I was not asked to choose a team or name a blog. No biggie, but maybe I should have gone through the original website.

I see. I guess that's all a... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

I see. I guess that's all automatic. Never mind.

The link on the wizbang is ... (Below threshold)
rodney dill:

The link on the wizbang is messed up for firefox (at least the version I am on), but works and show 'army' on IE. Anyway I went to the site and donated to Army.

I donated by foll... (Below threshold)
I donated by following the link in the embedded flash graphic. However, I was not asked to choose a team or name a blog. No biggie, but maybe I should have gone through the original website.
I think that when you click on the Army widget (or Marines, Navy, Air Force, whichever), it donates to that branch. So if you clicked on the Army one I have on this blog, it credits the Army team.

And also, I don't think the Coasties are left out, I think they're just included with the Navy.

And also, I don't think ... (Below threshold)
Veeshir:

And also, I don't think the Coasties are left out, I think they're just included with the Navy.
I hope not.
I mean, it's bad enough to insult them by leaving them out, but to include them with the Navy?
Them's fightin' words.




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