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November 21, 2009


The blog princess may have posted videos of the USMC Silent Drill team a time or twelve over the years. But they appear to have some real competition from the United States Navy:

Speaking of competition....

Greta sent round the final totals from this year's Valour IT fundraiser. I apologize for taking so long to get these up. This year's proceeds came to $113,124.90, broken out as follows:

Air Force: $15,662.17 Army: $32,758.80 Marines: $43,060.89 Navy: $19,108.04 General donations: $2,535.00

As the video above shows, we may engage in a little good natured snarking from time to time but regardless of branch, when the United States military put their minds and bodies to a task there is very little they can't accomplish.

I'd like to extend a huge "thank you" to all the Marine team members. From the demotivators to daily posts to the video competition (won by Marine team member No Sheeples Here!), you all outdid yourselves. Your talent, creativity and enthusiasm made Carrie's and my jobs easy. I was hoping to assemble a team as big as we had in 2006 (63 blogs). The 2009 team had nearly 80 members!

Special thanks to Hugh Hewitt, Michelle Malkin, Jules Crittenden, Tigerhawk, John Hinderaker at Power Line, Ace of Spades HQ and IMAO for boosting us over the top with your Mighty SiteMeter Mojo! This was a team endeavor every step of the way. The combined efforts of small and medium sized blogs (among which VC numbers itself) who threw their hearts and souls into supporting Valour IT was amplified by the generous support of bigger bloggers who enabled us to spread the word. It make an effective combination.

To everyone who participated, donated, or just tolerated two weeks of nearly nonstop fund raising, thanks. If you have any doubt that this was time and energy well spent, this account of a recent Valour IT recipient's reaction should put a big grin on your face:

Last night, during my weekly visits, I was greeted by SGM [name redacted], our latest laptop recipient, with a quick little dance. I think he even clicked his heels! He is so terribly happy to have received a laptop and is really looking forward to having Joe show him all the in's and outs. You made this SGM, who has served faithfully for 40 years and is as crusty as they come, do a happy dance in the lobby - PRICELESS!

Being married to a crusty Marine myself, I can tell you that it's not easy to "wow" these guys.

Good work, everyone!

Posted by Cassandra at November 21, 2009 02:37 PM

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Great job to you and Carrie for all the hard work. To exceed goal in the current economic environment was a truly inspired effort from both of you.

Posted by: Russ at November 21, 2009 09:31 PM