Wounded Soldiers Need Your Help This Holiday Season

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Soldiers Angels launch Adopt A Wounded Hero.

Soldiers who were wounded in battle while fighting in support of the War on Terror need your help so that they might communicate with their families, friends and colleagues while hospitalized and recovering from their wounds. Some of these soldiers have been severely maimed in some way preventing them from doing many things that we take for granted, including using a computer. Whether through a traumatic injury to an arm or a hand, or due to an amputation from a severe injury, these soldiers have found their “independence” because of Project Valour-It.

Project Valour-IT provides laptop computers and voice-controlled software 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. The experience of CPT Charles "Chuck" Ziegenfuss, a partner in the project who suffered hand wounds while serving in Iraq, illustrates how important this voice-controlled software can be to a wounded service member's recovery.

Project Valour-IT was started in June 2005 and has been incredible successful and well received. To date Soldiers’ Angels, through its partners and many supporters and donors, has provided more than 200 voice activated laptops to soldiers in great need. These soldiers have reported a feeling of independence and hope, which is a gift that cannot be measured. One nurse reported that two Marines who each received a laptop, asked that their pain medication be limited so that they might concentrate on using their laptops and communicating with those they cared about.

Project Valour-IT has grown and the word about this wonderful project has spread. There is so much need. There are currently more than 30 soldiers on a waiting list to receive a laptop. These requests also include soldiers who have been injured, but who can use the laptop functions normally and do not require voice-control software. So many soldiers are desperate for the chance to reach out to their family, friends and comrades still fighting in the Middle East.

Soldiers’ Angels is instituting a new Wounded Soldier Adoption program. If you are able and would like to adopt a wounded soldier to care for, perhaps with your family or with colleagues at work, church or you friends, please visit the website at http://www.soldiersangels.org/valour/adoptrequest.php. This adoption would entail long term care and support for this soldier and requires a special person, family or group. These soldiers usually have great need, both emotionally and financially starting with the laptop. All care would be considered a donation and would be tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. As always, we encourage you to speak to your tax advisor.

These wounded heroes need your help. They have sacrificed so much for our nation and it is time that we repay them for that sacrifice. While we can never take away their pain or take away what happened, we can show them that their sacrifice is appreciated and that we support them – and that life does go on. It is time that the citizens of this great nation care for the warriors who have paid such a high price and sacrificed so much for everything that we hold dear.

For additional information on Project Valour-IT, please visit our website at http://www.soldiersangels.org/valour/index.php. You may also call us at (676) 615-0239 or by writing to us at Soldiers’ Angels, Project Valour-IT, 1792 East Washington Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91104.

About Soldiers’ Angels:

Soldiers’ Angels is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the support of the brave men and women deployed in support of the War on Terror in Iraq, Afghanistan and wherever we fly the flag of the United States of America.

Contact:

Patti Patton-Bader, Founder

Soldiers’ Angels

676-615-0239

http://www.soldiersangels.org

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