How to empower disabled members of the Armed Services to thank them for keeping you safe

by CynthiaYockey on November 7, 2009

From a comment here by Viet Nam war veteran and Texan, Peter Davis, son of a World War II veteran, and proprietor of Shakey Pete’s Shootin’ Shack, which will be in my newsfeed when I can figure out how to stop his RSS feed from breaking it:

The Armed Services are all about close teamwork to kill people and break their stuff until they beg us to stop. In between wars they are supposed to stand around looking so fierce and dangerous that other countries just kind of tiptoe around praying that they do not arouse our wrath.

Amen. And ROFLOL.

For the members of our Armed Forces who have been injured permanently and need assistive devices that the VA and health insurance do not provide, Project Valour IT is raising money to do the following:

Project Valour-IT helps provide voice-controlled/adaptive laptop computers and other technology to support Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines recovering from hand wounds and other severe injuries. Items supplied include:

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.

Wii Video Game Systems — Whole-body game systems increase motivation and speed recovery when used under the guidance of physical therapists in therapy sessions (donated only to medical facilities).

Personal GPS — Handheld GPS devices build self-confidence and independence by compensating for short-term memory loss and organizational challenges related to severe TBI [traumatic brain injury] and severe PTSD [post traumatic stress disorder].

I am participating in the Air Force team of Project Valour’s fundraising drive to honor my Uncle Donald’s service as a Flying Tiger in the China-Burma-India theatre of World War II, and also because my late life partner was quadriplegic and cognitively impaired due to multiple sclerosis, so this is an area of rehabilitation I love and understand. (My father’s other brother and my mother’s brothers served in the Army. My parents met working on the Manhattan Project.)

To donate, just click on the Project Valour IT widget at the top of the column on the right.

If you prefer to donate in honor of a different service, here you go:

Marines — at Villainous Company

Army — at Blackfive

Navy — at USNI (U.S. Naval Institute).

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  • I enjoy your site although I do not always agree with you though usually I do. Btw I have a close dear friend was just diagnosed with sleep apnea I was wondering if I could get him your email address.

    • Nathan Cossey,

      Your friend could get lost in my Inbox if he e-mails me. It would be better if he writes a comment here — maybe you could send him a link to one of my posts on sleep apnea.

      Oh, and thanks for the praise — plus, no one agrees all the time!

      Cynthia

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