Project Valour-IT is the charity that the Gun Blogger Rendezvous supports each year, and has since 2007. It was established by Major (then Captain) Chuck Zeigenfuss and his Soldiers’ Angel after Chuck was severely wounded by an IED in Iraq. While Chuck, a milblogger, was recovering in the hospital with about two functioning fingers on one hand, he asked his Angel to get him a laptop computer, and blegged for voice-recognition software so that he could get back online and communicate with the outside world. As he put it,
It was the first time I felt whole since I’d woken up wounded in Landstuhl.
In fact, it made such a difference in his recovery, he thought about all of the other soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines like him and how much it could help them out, so with Soldiers’ Angels he established Project Valour-IT to provide as many as he could with the technology to help them reconnect.
He has spoken several times at the Gun Blogger Rendezvous since he first attended GBR-II in 2007, and he is always inspiring.
As I noted last month, Project Valour is low on money. They are currently conducting a donation drive running through September 3 (just before this year’s Rendezvous) and are trying to raise $100,000. I know times are tough and things are tight, but please pitch in if you can. You can donate to team Army, Navy, Air Force or Marines (the Marines are currently leading).
Since my father and my father-in-law are both Air Force veterans, I’m going to support the flyboys in this one:
BUMPED 7/25. This is just sad. C’mon Air Force, represent!