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June 12, 2006

Valour-IT Mayday

This post will be up top all day - new posts come in below.


Now listen up, troops.

In a comment thread over at Greyhawk's place, Milbloggers got hammered because we were perceived as not being authentic "milbloggers", because we weren't properly spouting off about every bad thing that was going on in and around the military. Leaving aside the fact most of us exist to *counter* all the bad news, which is more than adequately covered elsewhere, I made another point - that instead of just bloviating, we *act*.

The time has come, ladies and gentlemen, to *act*.

The Arsenal of Argghhh! will give a "Cluebat of Argghhh!" to the first 10 people who produce a receipt for a donation of $100 or more to Project Valour-IT.*

Now I'll let Fuzzybear Lioness run with the tale.

Valour-IT has run out of funds again. Right now we have a waiting list of eleven wounded warriors who need our help, and the list is still growing.

Marine Lt. Gen. Amos recently said:

When we send them off to do the nation's bidding in a place like Afghanistan or Iraq and they're wounded, we're not returning the same individual... When we send them back wounded there is a piece of me that says I haven't kept my bargain. What's left for me to do is to continue taking care of them. [source]

It's left to more than generals to continue taking care of them. It's left to all of us. And part of how we take care of the wounded is by helping them reconnect and rediscover their self-sufficiency in a way that supports their recovery. A voice-activated Valour-IT laptop is a huge part of that support.

When I shared the article about Lt. Gen. Amos with someone who has a great deal of expertise in leadership and management, her instant reply was, "What a leader!" Yes. And like any good leader, Amos is leading by example. Will you follow?

"It's a function of loyalty," the 59-year-old general said. "In Marine speak, it means fidelity. It's a wonderful word not used very often - except in the Marine Corps. It means faithful. It implies faithful almost to a fault...

"I owe it to them."

So do we. -- FbL

Donate here.

Fusileer 6

Update: There's only 10,9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 bats left (by the way, you don't have to leave the receipt in a comment - email contact is fine for those who prefer to keep things to themselves):


Attached are receipts from PayPal and Soldiers' Angels
for my donation of $100 (wish it could be more).

No doubt, a worthy cause.


Fusileer 6

Update: Blackfive signs up!

*These things are hand-made, so it'll take a coupla weeks to get 'em done and delivered - just letting ya know! But they *are* kewl. Small bats, emblazoned with the Imperial Armory logo, suitable for helping people "Get a clue!"

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