Will you help with the 2012 Soldier’s Angels VALOur-IT Fundraising Work (7/4-9/3/2012)

July 3rd, 2012 by xformed

If you need no introduction to this wonderful project, and want to just get on with getting your blog/website participating, the signup link is here.

Background:

This year, while there is a reduction in military action, there still are men and women in the field, who are at risk of being injured. There are those, of course, presently in the military medical system who have injuries that can be circumvented or need therapy that can be provided by technology.

Beginning this Independence Day in 2012, Soldier’s Angels will begin the annual fundraising efforts to provide funding for laptops with voice recognition software, Wiis and GPS units to be provide at no cost to military members or care facilities to help these men and women get back closer to normalcy in their lives, after serving their country and us.

Know these things about the annual fundraising:

  • All the donated funds go to the equipment, or the delivery to the people/facilities. You don’t often come across a charity project that devotes the funds right to the “end users.”
  • While the 4 “service teams” are listed for the donations, all the money goes to one account, and is spent to provide to those in need, regardless of their service affiliation. The teams are merely a ways for the supporters to have a little friendly competition among themselves to satisfy their fix for a little old school interservice rivalry.

The VALOur-IT (Voice Activated Laptops for Our Injured Troops) project was an accidental program, begun in 2005, when a blogger was injured by an IED in Iraq. From there, this project of all volunteer help, has provided over 6000 laptops to those who cannot use their hands or have vision issues. For years, they have all been brand new units, set up with Dragon Naturally Speaking software.

Please consider helping out in some (or all) of the following ways:

  • Join the list of sites/blogs and get it to your readership
  • Get the link to Soldier’s Angels VALOur-IT donation page and send it to your email list
  • Lobby your workplace to allow you to post/pass out a flyer with this information to the employees
  • See if your employer has matching funds for donations to this project and get that word out to your co-workers
  • Present this information to your social networks, the digital ones, and the real ones, too!
  • Post the information in local coffee shops/restaurants and other places with community bulletin boards (check with the management first, which is another opportunity to discuss this project with those who are not aware of the work)

Thank you for reading this and considering taking this information viral! The people who have benefited for the donations over the last 7 years have been given a precious gift and are grateful for the equipment the has helped them get back into life!

Category: Air Force, Army, Charities, Coast Guard, Jointness, Leadership, Marines, Military, Military History, Navy, Public Service, Supporting the Troops, Technology, Valour-IT | 2 Comments »

Operation DVD – DVDs for the Troops!

April 20th, 2009 by xformed

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Operation DVD is an appeal to patriotic Americans to donate their new and used DVDs which are then shipped to our fighting men and women overseas.

Entertainment is a concept that is difficult at best for our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan. Even baseball games are no longer possible because of snipers, land mines, bombs and terrorist activities. There are no passes to go to town and the most common remark is: “How boring it is.”

Operation DVD continues the tradition started by the great Bob Hope to Provide Entertainment for our Troops.

Operation DVD started in Palm Springs, CA with a call from a minister explaining that a Supply Sergeant, home on leave, was asking church members for DVDs.

Over 30,000 specially designed “Collection Boxes” for donated new and used DVDs have already been located nationwide at schools, large chains, retail stores, restaurant chains, NASCAR races, churches, car dealers and the list goes on.

The real supporters of Operation DVD are mostly kids — 14,000 Young Marines, Boy and Girl Scouts, children preparing for their Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah, individual students wanting to start local drives at their schools, Honor Societies, 4-H Clubs, etc.

It is only now that major corporations (Lockheed Martin, General Mills, ESPN, Johnson Space Center, Nuclear Generating Plants across the country, etc.) are coming forward to encourage their employees to donate new and used DVDs for the Troops.

Once filled, the “Collection Boxes” are sent to one of thirteen (13) “Sorting/Deployment” centers across the nation — Temecula, Los Angeles and Newbury Park, California, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, New Jersey, North Carolina (2), Texas and Washington State. “Children Titles” are separated and sent to Servicemen’s families (Stateside) through the Family Readiness Group(s) of the National Guard.

“DVDs are definitely the #1 form of entertainment over here.” – SSG David Vance

Please visit www.OperationDVD.net or call 310-995-3792License to Wed video

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