2006 Project Valour-IT Competition

***Bumped to top in honor of Veterans’ Day***

Blackfive’s Matt Burden is organizing military bloggers and their readers in a worthwhile fundraising venture:

Project Valour-IT, in memory of SFC William V. Ziegenfuss (Captain Chuck Ziegenfuss’ father), provides voice-controlled software and laptop computers to wounded Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines recovering from hand and arm injuries or amputations at major military medical centers. 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.


It’s a tax-deductible donation and eligible for matching funds from companies who do that sort of thing (see: http://soldiersangels.org/valour/irsinfo.html for proof for the cautious).

The snail mail address for those who’d rather donate that way (be sure to put ARMY in big letters on the check):
Soldiers’ Angels
1150 N Loop 1604 W, Suite 108-493
San Antonio, TX 78248

To make it a little more fun, Matt has organized the effort into a friendly competition between the military Services.

WHAT: Friendly fundraising competition for Valour-IT.
WHEN: October 30th through Veterans Day, November 10th .
WHERE: Based in the blogosphere, spreading everywhere else.
WHY: Because giving wounded warriors with hand and arm injuries access to a computer supports their healing and puts them back in touch with the world.
HOW: Blogger teams will be divided along military branches, with civilians “up for grabs.”

Naturally, I’ve joined team ARMY.

I’ve put the donation bar atop the right sidebar.

Originally posted 0837 31 October 2006

FILED UNDER: Military Affairs,
James Joyner
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  2. FbL says:

    Thanks so much for helping to spread the word about Valour-IT!

    I just wanted to clarify that Blackfive is leading the Army team, but not the entire compeititon. The friendly fundraising competition is entirely a creation of Soldiers’ Angels and Project Valour-IT.

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