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October 28, 2010

Why I Support Valour IT

(This is Carrie back to start some trouble. :)

When I first started volunteering at Bethesda and Walter Reed, I remember tiptoeing around words like amputee. I had to call the Marine Liasons at the hospital to verify a piece of information and I stuttered when discussing a wounded Marine's status. The Marine, as Marines are known to do, was not shy and came right out and said it. "He is a paraplegic."

That was over 5 years ago. Now, acronyms like BKA (below the knee amputation), TBI and PTSD are part of my daily vocabulary. I have come to accept the fact that when we send young men and women into war zones, some are bound to get hurt.
Please don't confuse my acceptance with a lack of caring because I care very much and want to see our wounded get all the support available to make their rehabilitation and recovery as successful as possible.

THAT is why I support Valour IT. Valour IT supports our wounded with their (free) laptops with voice activated software. These laptops provide a level of independence for servicemembers who, for whatever the reason, are not able to use their hands. Valour IT also provides personal GPS devices for those who have short term memory loss or other issues stemming from TBI or PTSD.

The need for such support has never been greater. As of Tuesday and just at Bethesda, there were 39 combat injured Marines and Corpsmen there. That number climbed higher when the plane landed from Landstuhl Tuesday night. I do not remember the number of wounded at Bethesda being that high even during the surge in Iraq.

I am co-leading the Marine team with Cassy Fiano this year. If you have a blog and would like to join the Marine team, please go here and sign up. The fundraiser starts today, Thursday, October 28th and ends on November 11th. We would love to repeat last year's victory but more importantly, we want to see our wounded and injured servicemembers get the tools they need to recover and lead full lives.

More to come....

Posted by at October 28, 2010 09:51 AM

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Carrie, you and Cassy can count on VC to support the Marine team and you can count on me for donations. I've already told Cassy VC wants to join the Marine team :)

You go, girls!

Posted by: Cassandra at October 28, 2010 10:58 AM

You are the best. Thank you for letting me post at VC.

Posted by: Carrie at October 28, 2010 11:02 AM

Okay...that donate button is the best thing evah!!!
I love it!

Posted by: Carrie at October 28, 2010 02:25 PM


I was hoping you guys wouldn't be mad.

Posted by: Cassandra at October 28, 2010 02:26 PM

No!! I think it's adorable.

Posted by: Carrie at October 28, 2010 03:08 PM

I wish your team the best, Carrie. Keep up that energetic profile. I heard there was a character archetype for it.

Posted by: Ymarsakar at October 29, 2010 08:04 AM