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October 26, 2009

Gentlemen (and Ladies) Start Your Engines!


To start the Valour IT fundraiser off with a bang, we're going to feature a Marine of the Day each day until the competition ends. The lovely and talented Cassy Fiano volunteered an interview with her boyfriend Matt to get things moving. Matt is a Marine Corporal who has completed several deployments. Read the interview to find out how he got to see Saddam Hussein!

Speaking of interviews, another Marine team member (and regular member of the assembled villainry here at VC) serves up a special perspective on why we're doing this from Chuck Ziegenfuss, the milblogger and combat vet who started it all. If you've never heard the story of how Valour IT got started, it's worth your time:

... one of the best days in my life was the few days after I'd died--twice--then came back and met the Angels, then saw my wife, and finally when I was given back the ability to use a computer--even though I couldn't [use] my hands.

Another in my list of "Best Days" is the day I got to give a kid--an 18 year old kid who'd lost his hands--a laptop that he could use with his voice. The look on his face was priceless when I gave him the laptop--like I was a special kind of stupid and he didn't have a pencil to stick in his teeth. Then I put the headset on him, and showed him how he could train the computer to use his voice to do EVERYTHING he used to do with a computer. Minutes later, he was reading his email, then chatting with his buddies back in Iraq. I left a soldiers angels coin with him, and my card, and quietly walked away. That day ranks with the Marriage and birth of my children as best days in life. It ranks as the best day I've ever had in 17 years of service. And I had that same experience three times that day.

Did you recognize anyone in that story? Since its inception, Valour IT has come a long way since that day. These folks have given away over 4100 voice activated laptops so far, and every cent they raise goes directly to the purchase and shipment of laptops and other technology for severely wounded service members. So you can donate with confidence that your money will be well spent.

Please open your hearts and your wallets. Dig deep. These are some extraordinary young men and women - they've given their all in service of this great nation and this is a great chance to show them that all the talk of supporting the troops isn't just lip service. Not everyone in America is at the Mall.

Posted by Cassandra at October 26, 2009 12:53 AM

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I like the Marine of the Day concept... pretty cool, this!

Posted by: Buck at October 26, 2009 01:29 AM

You folks realize, of course, that one of Valour-IT's Plank Owners comments here fairly frequently -- usually whenever her Sex and Relationships Supersense tingles.

Okay, she'll kill me for that...

Posted by: BillT at October 26, 2009 03:27 AM

Click on the link in this sentence, Bill :p (in the post, I mean)

Did you recognize anyone in that story?

Posted by: Cassandra at October 26, 2009 03:34 AM

Hi there,
Am a farmer in the developing world looking for an investor or loan or
a business partner or anything to gain access to finance to put my
farm to the level where i can sustain the world market with products
from my farm. I have been doing fish farming for more than a decade
now but i want to put it to another level where i can export my fish
and sustain the world market with products from my farm.
Am waiting to hear from you
Kind regards
Hannipher

Posted by: Hannipher at October 26, 2009 04:29 AM

Did you recognize anyone in that story?

Sure. But not everyone may make the connection that she was one of the folks who got the snowball rolling downhill, given that you didn't link to the story itself -- buuuut, you prolly couldn't find it, seein' as how you hang around with people who believe helicopters use *magic* to stay in the air...

Posted by: BillT at October 26, 2009 04:40 AM

given that you didn't link to the story itself

Umm...

the milblogger and combat vet who started it all. If you've never heard the story of how Valour IT got started,

You know, I give and I give and I give...

I know how tough it is, being in the wrong service :p

Heh.

Posted by: Cassandra at October 26, 2009 04:54 AM

I know how tough it is, being in the wrong service...

Hey, we still lurve ya.

Posted by: BillT at October 26, 2009 05:15 AM

SMACK!!! :)

Posted by: Cassandra at October 26, 2009 05:55 AM

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