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November 05, 2006

Valour-IT News You Can Use

UPDATE: Soldiers Angels/Valour-IT's official press release about the competition

[With John's permission, I'd like to make this post stay up top for the weekend.]

[Weeeel. Okay. It's not like weekends are high traffic, anyway. Or that I'm selling ads. Okay people - new stuff comes in below this post - FOR THE WHOLE WEEKEND! Yanno, if you'd just pony up the bucks, all this would Just.Go.Away. It's kinda like the elections, except we're doing more useful stuff. -the Armorer]

Supporters of Valour-IT, you've been doing amazing work. Not only have we raised a tremendous amount of money, but there's been a lot of great work going on behind the scenes that is starting to bear fruit.

But we're gearing up for the last week of competition, and we're not yet halfway to our goal. Let's get to work! Here are some news and tips that should help us make it to the top:

Auctions: We now have a one-stop auction page. To bid on available items or put something up for auction with proceeds going to Valour-IT, check it out. More info at the project blog.

Flyers: New and improved flyers are finished. You can get them by clicking here. You can find some tips for using flyers here.

Media: Keep pushing the local media angle (newspapers, local TV, news/talk/music radio); we don't have a chance of meeting this goal without reaching far beyond the blogosphere. Tips for contacting media here. We're finding that the technology angle is a great pitch: the laptops are high-tech, the project was conceived and implemented online by a wounded soldier and a music teacher who met each other through blogs, and the bloggers are what drive the fundraising--those three aspects are all great media fodder. If you're asking simply for a little attention, see if they'll just link Valour-IT on their webpage.

Reaching Out to Win: As I wrote above, we have to reach beyond the blogosphere if we want to succeed. With that in mind, here's what you can do:

1. Talk to your friends, neighbors, community and religious organizations of which you are a member. Tell them of the need and impact of Valour-IT.

2. Compose an email briefly explaining Valour-IT and send it to everyone on your email list (be sure to send them here to verify it's legit). Remember, Valour-IT is non-partisan and can practically sell itself when you tell people what it does.

3. Email the big-time, national talkshow hosts that you think might be interested in Valour-IT, especially if you have a membership in their "insider clubs." The more emails they get, the more likely they'll take it seriously or one will be noticed.

4. If you have a connection to a media bigwig, please let us know.

5. Keep up the great work! Mention Valour-IT on your blog at least once a day or put a up a post that stays at the top. We're heading into Veterans Day, and these wounded veterans deserve the very best effort we can give them.

Keep up the great work! I am constantly amazed at the creativity, energy and intelligence of all invovled in this effort. You are awesome!

-FbL

[Heh, that's all way too multi-partisan and kissy-face for my taste! Accordingly, I'm going to add:

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BTW - If you'd like to see some good slapdowns, go visit Cassandra at the Fortress of Snarkitude. Of course, don't you *dare* give money to her. You know those Marines, they're so cash-poor they'll run out and buy a tank or something with it.

And, of course, don't forget, in addition to all of that, you should just click the button below and donate via Team Army. That's what your mother wants you to do.

It's a tax-deductible donation and eligible for matching funds from companies who do that sort of thing (see: http://soldiersangels.org/valour/irsinfo.html for proof for the cautious).

The snail mail address for those who'd rather donate that way (be sure to put ARMY in big letters on the check):

Soldiers' Angels
1150 N Loop 1604 W, Suite 108-493
San Antonio, TX 78248

-the Armorer]

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Comments on Valour-IT News You Can Use
Rivrdog briefed on November 4, 2006 07:50 PM

After the thrashing the visiting Air Force Academy visited on the Corps of Cadets at West Point yesterday, I would think that some Army brass is contributing to Project Valour - IT in the USAF's name....

John of Argghhh! briefed on November 4, 2006 08:08 PM

No, they seem (at the moment) to be contributing to the Marines!

Sgt Hook briefed on November 4, 2006 09:33 PM

Well somebody is contributing to the leathernecks! I know they're mathmatically challenged and probably don't yet realize that they've moved into the lead...time to get the Army rolling along.

Bubblehead briefed on November 5, 2006 12:08 AM

I notice that the Navy has, as of now, 10x the number of items to auction as the rest of the teams combined! It's all part of our secret plan to pull ahead at the end.

John of Argghhh! briefed on November 5, 2006 08:17 AM

Bubblehead - that, or the same desperation that has aircrew tossing stuff out of the bird to keep 'em afloat... or sub crews shooting flotsam from the tubes to fox the destroyers overhead...

SGT Hook - Check.

Blackhawk briefed on November 5, 2006 12:04 PM

OK, the PayPal link doesn't like me anymore (not sure why, I've used it before). To whom do you make a check out to: Soldier's Angels, or Project Valour-IT?

FbL briefed on November 5, 2006 12:16 PM

Thanks so much for making the ffort to donate, Blackhawk!

You can make the check out to "Soldiers' Angels Project Valour-IT."

Blackhawk briefed on November 5, 2006 12:30 PM

FbL-thanks. Snail mail to the rescue...

patty briefed on November 5, 2006 03:16 PM

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Have A God Blessed Week!!!!
Blessings
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jim b briefed on November 5, 2006 07:20 PM

John, thanks for all you do for Project VALOR IT.

There are no losers here.

That said:

Semper Fi
Jim B

Cassandra briefed on November 6, 2006 06:01 AM

Heh. GO MARINES!