Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Worthy Causes, here's one

There's a formalized project to collect donations from the grassroots to purchase "voice enabled" laptops for U.S. soldiers to use, who've had their hands severely injured or worse, so while they are in the hospital recovering they can read, blog, send email to their family, etc. This is a great cause, since even reading isn't much of an option when you can't hold or move anything. The site home is Project Valour IT (click that link to donate). They take even tiny donations (even $5, anything), and it's a great cause. The official text is:
Project Valour-IT, in memory of SFC William V. Ziegenfuss, provides 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, and communicate with buddies still in the field without having to press a key or move a mouse.

All funds received go directly to our wounded troops; 100% of your donation to Project Valour-IT will be used to purchase the laptop, software and accessories that will provide independence and freedom to wounded Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines.
A neat sketch from a site with great political cartoons:


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