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Carren, wife of Chuck Ziegenfuss, the inspiration for Valour-IT, has an important update:
We met the Secretary of the Army, Dr. Fran Harvey, today. He was a very nice man and happens to be a fellow Pennsylvanian!!! Not sure if he's Steeler fan, though... forgot to ask. Anyway, Chuck told him about V-IT and I printed off some info from the Soldier's Angels website. He seemed impressed with the project and Chuck told him, "I think either the Army or the Department of Defense should support this project." Dr. Harvey said he would look into it further and took the info I gave him. After Dr. Harvey left the room his Aide de Camp gave me his card (he's an Army Major) and told me if we didn't hear anything in two weeks I was to contact him. So guess what.... in 14 days I will be contacting him if no one (i.e. Me and Chuck and/or Soldier's Angels) don't hear something. Who knows where this could lead V-IT!!!!
We now have A designated page for bloggers to join the team of their choice (subliminal message ; AIRFORCE):
Project Valour-IT Competition Blogger Sign-Up
You can choose any branch you like. Here's where you can go to donate.
Air Force, the Best Team, whos logistics systems based on this mission is the most sophisticated, is flown by me (Mrs G), go here.
Army, lead by BlackFive, who's boots are smelly, go here.
Navy, manning the ship is Mrs Smash, who everyone knows cuss like a sailor, go here.
Marines, who all drink puppy juice before a mission, is headed by Holly Aho, go here.
Ok that's just some fun rivalry, please, don't anyone get offended. Blackfive's boots are not smelly, they smell like roses. I'm proud to stand with everyone of these guys so choose the team best for you, we're on the same mission here. To get team credit for a donation, you must donate via the "To Donate" button on the website of your team leader (This takes you to the proper Valour-IT PayPal donation page). Donations made via the regular Valour-IT website will not be part of your team's official competition total, though they will still go to the Valour-IT program. Any blogger (military or civilian) can join any team. Just visit the websites linked above, cough Air Force.
And on a serious note...
For those that believe the Air Force is not in the thick of things in this war and those who are under the false pretenses that they're only in secure locations, let me introduce you to a few people:
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Douglas Batchelder
Although a rocket attack cut his time short on his first deployment, an airman with the 64th Helicopter Maintenance Unit here pledged to himself that he would endure whatever pain was necessary to get back in the fight.
Following a year-and-a-half recovery from serious injuries to his hand, which could have ended his Air Force career, Senior Airman Douglas Batchelder, an armament systems journeyman, is back in Iraq.
Senior Airman Brian Kolfage
Senior Airman Brian Kolfage is one of the most seriously wounded soldiers to date to survive the war in Iraq. He is one of three soldiers in Iraq who are triple amputees, and he was almost a quadruple amputee.
Airman first class Josh Rohrbacher, Staff Sgt. Duane Collins and Tech Sgt. Charles Hiser received the award, the 11th highest in the Air Force, Thursday at a ceremony for the RED HORSE at Port Clinton High School.
SO AIR FORCE STEP UP! Where at the bottom of the pole!
What is a "Valour-IT Blogging Fundraiser Competition" you ask?
Project Valour-IT is a Soldiers Angels project dedicated to provide 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, do on-line banking and communicate with buddies still in the field without having to press a key or move a mouse. This can be instrumental in their recovery and help eliviate frustrations an injured soldier may endure.
The goal of this competition is to have a fun rivarly amongst the branches of service, so there will be 4 teams, Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. Each team will have a blogging leader (not necessarily affiliated with that branch). For instance I've been assigned to the Air Force team and I'm not in the Air Force and Holly Aho the team leader for Marines is most certainly not a Marine, she's just too damn sweet. However BlackFive is team leader for the Army and he represents. And for the Navy, Mrs Smash is leading the charge.
Each team will compete through blogging about project Valour-IT in order to raise donations. Whichever team raises the most money for project Valour-IT between 11/2 and 11/11 is the winner of the competition. While teams are divided along military lines, you need not have been in the military in order to help or join a team. So pick the
best Air Force team.
If you are interested in joining Mudville, which has been assigned to the Airforce team, leave a trackback or comment to this post, or send me an email to let me know you'd like to be on our team. We'll welcome you as a member. Uno Ab Alto !(One over all)
Regardless which team you choose to donate thru, all monies goes to one pot to help all soldier's wounded no matter what branch they are in.
Those that are not bloggers can also help project Valour-IT by telling friends and family as well as by email. Flyers are available for whoever would like to distribute them, bloggers and non-bloggers alike.
There are a few incentives such as receiving a Soldiers' Angels Coin which will be given to each donor during the competition. They are beautiful (I know I have one) Bloggers in the competition are also free to offer their own incentives for donations. Here at Mudville, every donation of $100.00 or more will get you free advertising for the time alloted for this competition. The fundraising competition will run from November 2 until Veteran's Day, November 11.
And a few tax issues to add:
1. It's a tax-deductible donation and eligible for
matching funds from companies who do that sort of
proof for the cautious)
2. The snail mail address for those who'd rather
donate that way (scroll down at:
will credit donations to the team competition if they
arrive during the competition days.
Our goal is to raise enough money to purchase 30 laptops. That's about $21,000, or roughly $5250 per team over a 10-day span.
SO JOIN OUR TEAM TODAY! AIM HIGH! UNO AB ALTO ! - (One over all!)
USAF No One Comes Close!
Links to learn more about Project Valour-IT:
Blogger Team Recognions :
Speed of Thought
Small Town Veteran
My Side of the Puddle
The Air Force Pundit
Banter In Atlanter
The Middle Ground
Confessions of a Jesus Phreak
Kicking Over My Traces
Ipso Facto Cartoon Blog
No Angst Zone
Cool Blue Blog
Non blogger Team Recognitions :
Mr. & Mrs. Greyhawk, First of all I want to thank you both for being a part of Project Valor IT. The work that Soldier?s Angels is doing is truly amazing and any support they receive is well worth it. Thank you!
I also wanted to ask to be a part of your team, although I do not have a blog. I have printed flyers and have them posted in my building. I also wanted to pass on that I made a donation through your website and I wanted to be sure the money went to the right team! J If there is anything else I need to do please let me know.
Testing, testing. Are comments working again?
I just did my bit to help you reach your goal and if I get enough overtime this week, I'll make another donation. Here's hoping you do better than 21K.
According to your site meter, less than six bucks from every visitor for just one day would do it ;-)Posted by Retread at November 2, 2005 07:48 PM
Yikes! Blackfive has raised almost $2400.00!
Hey Mrs. G!
I would have joined the AF team since I was Air Force myself, but I figured with y'all's readership being, oh, about a zillion times more than mine, I'm working the Marine Corps team--OORAH! (Besides, my favorite group of readers is a USMC unit in Al Asad, Iraq.)
But guess what--we're ahead of you guys! (Yes, I'm goading your readers!) ;-P
Step up, zoomies! ;-)Posted by Beth at November 2, 2005 08:11 PM
Hmm... This is going to be a tough decision.
I served a term in the Army in the late 80s, so I should donate through Black Five. But Smash is just down the coast a little ways, so I should probably donate though him. Of course, Mudville is the site that really got me hooked on blogs and is still the first I read daily, so I should donate through you. And given all that Soldier's Angels have done, how can I NOT donate through them?
So, I hope you'll forgive my... indecision, flip-flopping, Kerryism, whatever you want to call it... but I think I'' have to donate some to each of you (though probably a bit more to Black Five... I was in the Army, after all).
No Coast Guard team?Posted by malclave at November 3, 2005 12:45 AM
I donated $100 to Soldiers' Angels based on some mail I got a couple of weeks ago. Just found out about this contest via Blackfive today. If you can count my donation towards the AF total, please do. I'm an Air Guardsman in Georgia. Aim High!Posted by Bill at November 3, 2005 01:13 AM
Count me in... Count in The Jawa Report too.
GO AIR FORCE!Posted by Chris Short at November 3, 2005 02:05 AM
ok, I took no sides, but put up a post for all Teams! I told them to fly on over here to contribute! (But the Commander/DH felt compelled to give Navy (sigh). Hoping you all are keeping warm in the cool temps! Think of you all OFTEN.Posted by Some Soldier's Mom at November 3, 2005 05:19 AM
Go Navy! Squids do it better!Posted by Digger at November 3, 2005 01:16 PM
I don't think it would be cheating if you added my little donation! We need all the help we can get! ;)
It's not really puppy juice so much as more of a smoothy. Kind of a puree. Sometimes with a little rum or southern comfort for an added kick.Posted by Partisan Pundit at November 4, 2005 11:30 AM
I just joined the Air Force team. Air Force seemed to have fewest team members so far. Hopefully I can gather a decent amount of donations. Best of luck all.Posted by tyler at November 5, 2005 05:15 AM
Think this is great for the boys and girls who are protecting us. I tried to contribute and paypal is having problems, will try again later. Air Force all the way...but I do love the work the Marines, Army and Navy do...Posted by Scott at November 5, 2005 04:14 PM
Right now the Navy is the one to beat. GO NAVY!Posted by elmers brother at November 5, 2005 11:04 PM
Go Air Force.Posted by vw bug at November 6, 2005 01:20 AM
Mrs. G et al...as a sister of an AFNG (10yr active duty) I am supporting the AF cause. Realizing that we were suffering from a lack of donations, I sent an email to my brother who works at Armarc and drills at Davis-Monthan AF in AZ. He said that he would send it to the PA and get permission to pass flyers around.
Of course, wink-wink, I asked him to...um...verbally remind some folks of this website. I think we got one or two donations already and am hoping that, come Monday, we get a nice influx when he gets back at Armarc.
Just wanted to let you know I was trying to go outside the box to boost our donations. I told him that we couldn't let Air Force go down in flames.
I realize you all are army, but your support has been really great.
Go Air Force!Posted by kat-missouri at November 6, 2005 04:02 AM
Air Force needs to step up boys. I put in $100, We can't let these Navy pukes win this. Step Up Soldiers.Posted by Ivan at November 6, 2005 05:05 PM
Team Air Force will be happy to know that Sunday showed a significant up-tick in the number of AF donations. Kat definitely has the right idea--it's not outside the box. That kind of word-of-mouth and passing out flyers thing has been going on with the other teams since day one. Go Air Force!
(Don't tell NAVY I said that!) ;)Posted by FbL at November 7, 2005 12:57 PM
I'm a wing wiper (Thanks Smash commenter)
Special NOTE for the Navy: This wing wiper keeps one particular USN sites communications running!!
I'm on board. I've sent it up to my squadron trying to get some folks on board as well.
I also requested that my friends and family donate to Team AF as my Christmas Wish..
The money should start piling in soon, OK maybe that's a little over the top, but hopefully we get some.
Thanks GreyHawk & Mrs for taking on the AF..
Just kills me to look at that lagging total.. : (Posted by BB at November 8, 2005 09:31 AM
Thank you Mrs. Greyhawk and significant other,
We are going to be able to help many heroes through your collaborative efforts, I thank you and your readers for their caring.
Patti Bader and the Soldiers Angels