iPad, You Pad, Vets All Scream For iPads!

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Miami-based founders of the not-for-profit iPadsforsoldiers.org Winnie and Wes Pritchett traveled to Washington DC, where they were joined by Vice Joint Chief of Staff, General James Cartwright, to deliver 52 iPad 2s to wounded soldiers at the Army Navy Hospital in Bethesda. In the year since its inception, the not-for-profit has raised over $300,000 and delivered over 550 iPads to wounded troops both overseas and in the U.S., mainly double and triple amputees who have lost hands and/or fingers and benefit from the “swipe” motion of the iPad, in our nation’s military hospitals.

Miami-based founders of the not-for-profit iPadsforsoldiers.org Winnie and Wes Pritchett traveled to Washington, DC recently to deliver 52 iPad 2s to severely wounded soldiers at the Army Navy Hospital in Bethesda. The couple was joined by Vice Joint Chief of Staff, General James Cartwright, to make the deliveries on Saturday, December 3.

IPadsforsoldiers.org is a not-for-profit started by Winnie Pritchett when her only son, Wes Jr., was deployed last fall to one of Afghanistan’s most dangerous provinces. A West Point grad, the 25 year old arrived in Jalalabad as a Captain and immediately reported that the item the troops most needed/wanted were iPads. Because of their small size/light weight, they easily fit in their packs for missions, and replace computers, books, cameras, games, etc. The “face-time” feature enables soldiers to communicate with their loved ones left behind. Military applications make it easier for them to execute their missions.

In the year since its inception, Pritchett has raised over $300,000 and delivered over 550 iPads to wounded troops both overseas and in the U.S., mainly double and triple amputees who have lost hands and/or fingers and benefit from the “swipe” motion of the iPad, in our nation’s military hospitals. General Petraus, and even General McChrystle, have also heard about the initiative and have indicated they would like to join the Pritchetts on a future trip, as General Cartwright did this weekend.

“It's not just the incredible gift and vast applications for use of the iPads that is the most important,” said Captain Pritchett in reference to soldier’s reaction to receiving the iPads. “It's these soldiers knowing that they have not been forgotten…that someone cares enough about them and what they are doing to give them such a gift that means the most.”

There is a holiday push called “Operation Holiday Cheer,” to raise more money for a shipment of iPads to surprise the troops during the holidays.

Pritchett’s daughter created a video that captures the essence of this initiative as well as shows video/written messages of thanks from some of the troops that have received them, available for viewing at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3pB_zCA0jE. Additional information/photos/”thank you” messages can be seen at the website, http://www.iPadsforsoldiers.org.

*Below please find a link to photos and captions of some of the soldiers receiving iPads :

https://rcpt.yousendit.com/1319421482/5886caf90962417354e8c18cf6c80404

Photo 1: A happy (and surprised) hero receives an iPad from http://www.ipadsforsoldiers.org.
Photo 2: Vice Joint Chief of Staff, General James Cartwright delivers iPads to wounded vets at Army Navy Hospital with http://www.ipadsforsoldiers.org.
Photo 3: Superhero Nick Staback receives a new iPad from http://www.ipadsforsoldiers.org.

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