WHAT IS PROJECT VALOUR-IT? 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
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
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.
The experience of Major Chuck Ziegenfuss (pictured), a partner in the project who suffered serious hand wounds while serving in Iraq,
led to the creation of this program that has used voice-controlled
laptops to the support recovery and reintegration of thousands of
wounded troops since 2005.
"At that time I had no use of either hand. I know how humbling it is, how humiliating it feels. And I know how much better I felt, how amazingly more functional I felt, after Soldiers' Angels provided me with a laptop and a loyal reader provided me with the software. I can't wait to do the same, to give that feeling to another soldier at Walter Reed." - Captain Chuck Ziegenfuss
HOW YOU CAN HELP! This is our chance to give back to our wounded warriors - give them something that will help them heal and connect with family, friends, and their comrades back in the combat zones.
You can help by donating and spreading the word about Valour-IT and Soldiers' Angels.
So I'll end this by saying thank you to all of you (small spheres of influence) who have helped these amazing American men and women.
If you can't pick up a rifle, then please help our warriors.
*Soldiers' Angels is an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Donations are tax-deductible and may be eligible for matching funds from donors' employers. Please consult your tax advisor for details. Team designations are created for the sake of fun and spirited competition and are not affiliated with the U.S. Department of Defense. All funds raised go to a single account and assist wounded warriors of any branch.