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November 04, 2010

She's Doing Her Part

Are you?


I don't know how many of you remember who Linda Ferrera is. She was - no, IS - the mother of 1st Lt. Matthew Ferrara. Matthew was killed on November 9th, 2008 in Nuristan province. Here's what this amazing woman had to say about losing her son:

Some people don't think that we have to fight just yet,
that we can wait, and the crazies will go away
and not harm our little tribe.

They are already harming our little tribe.
All of humanity is our tribe.

Michelle's on board, too:

Once again this year, as in the past, we’re proud to be representing the US Marine team taking part in the Project Valour-IT fundraising competition. This competition features four teams: The Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines.

Here’s a brief explanation of what this great cause is all about:

Project Valour-IT, in memory of SFC William V. Ziegenfuss, helps provide voice-controlled/adaptive laptop computers and other technology to support Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines recovering from hand wounds and other severe injuries. Technology supplied includes:

Voice-controlled Laptops – Operated by speaking into a microphone or using other adaptive technologies, they allow the wounded to maintain connections with the rest of the world during recovery.

Wii Video Game Systems – Whole-body game systems increase motivation and speed recovery when used under the guidance of physical therapists in therapy sessions (donated only to medical facilities).

Personal GPS – Handheld GPS devices build self-confidence and independence by compensating for short-term memory loss and organizational challenges related to severe TBI and severe PTSD.

We can't do this alone. We need your help.

I will leave you with the words of Matt Ferrara's friend, 1st Lt. Walter Bryan Jackson. Walter is one of a tiny group of Americans who have earned the Distinquished Service Cross (the military's second-highest medal) for saving another soldier's life while himself wounded and under heavy fire in Iraq. Men like this deserve our thanks, our respect, and our support:

"It's kind of hard to explain" how it feels to be part of a small segment of the U.S. population that is "bearing the brunt of the responsibilities" from today's conflicts, Jackson said as he waited for his flight at Dulles International Airport. "It doesn't affect society at large in the slightest. Life just goes on, and a lot of people . . . are more concerned about the price of gas than about soldiers fighting and dying," said Jackson, who has lost several comrades in the wars.

Make a difference:

They did.

Posted by Cassandra at November 4, 2010 12:11 PM

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Awww, she's precious! Reminds me very much of a certain duck-feeder that waddled the halls of my house. She was a lot quieter then, too.

Posted by: DL Sly at November 5, 2010 07:51 AM