November 08, 2005
Enlist in Soldiers' Angels
Yesterday my family buried our Uncle Joe Carr. He served as a Sergeant in WWII in Germany. Combat Medic Badge. He's seen the sacrifices. He would be proud to see his country really support the troops.
Project Valour - IT
We are asking for donations for Project Valour - IT. "Valour" is the acronym for "Voice-Activated Laptops for OUR Injured Troops."
The Project Valour - IT Site describes the initiative as follows:
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. 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 servicemember's recovery.
Parkway Rest Stop writes:
Project Valour - IT has injected a friendly inter-service competition into the mix to see which military branch team can produce the most donations. So, you are asked to pick a "team," and go make your donation. I again stress that this is a friendly rivalry, as the real winners here will be our wounded soldiers, sailors, Airmen and Marines.
Army: BLACKFIVE (This is my team and Uncle Joe's)
Navy: The Indepundit (This would be my dad's team)
Air Force: The Mudville Gazette
Marines: Soldiers' Angel - Holly Aho (This would be Grandpa Shaw's team)
Parkway Rest Stop continues:
I'm making a special appeal to Jersey Bloggers who are active military, vets, those who have friends or family in the military and generally to all those who really do "support our troops." You need not make a large donation. Every single donation helps!
Uncle Joe now rests in his beloved Jersey ground. My donation is in his memory.
The Army Flag outside the funeral home
November 7, 2005, Riverside, New Jersey
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Cross-posted at Reasoned Audacity.
Posted by Jack Yoest at November 8, 2005 10:07 PM
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This sounds like a great place to give to especially to honor a loved one. My husband and I belong to The Gideon's International and we usually donate bibles in our loved ones honor. I'm also remembering you and your family in my prayers.
Posted by: Stacy L. Harp at November 9, 2005 12:39 AM
May your Uncle Joe find eternal happiness with his beloved Helen. He certainly earned it in Germany.
Posted by: Jim - PRS at November 9, 2005 04:45 AM
Jim, thank you for your kind words. There are not many left of The Greatest Generation -- I hope we can now do as well in war as they did.
Posted by: Jack Yoest at November 9, 2005 01:05 PM
Stacey, Thank you for your prayers and thoughtfullness.
Jack and Charmaine
Posted by: Jack Yoest at November 9, 2005 01:08 PM