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VALOUR-IT 2011 Final Numbers

Thanks again to everyone who contributed!

Team Army: $33168
Team USMC: $25708
Team USAF: $9716
Team Navy: $8346

Although the fundraising competition is over, you can still contribute year-round.

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We beat Navy!

I just have to say that you people are amazing. Yesterday Team Air Force more than doubled our donation total and finished the competition at over 8K. While we didn't make the total goal, I'm proud to say that we even had Army on the run for the money raised per blogger.

Small but ferocious!
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Last day for the competition

It's the last day of the 2011 Project Valour-IT fundraising competition and the numbers could be a lot better. Army has left everyone in the dust at nearly 30K, the Marines are doing well but haven't yet made it to 19K, and Navy is just under 7K.

Team Air Force is just under 4K. And the fundraiser total is short by 21K...basically our deficit.

HOWEVER, I want to say a big thank-you to everyone who donated. Here's the bit we can congratulate ourselves for: with only 4 blogging team members compared to the Marines' 25, Navy's 10, Team Air Force raised more per blogger than anyone but Army's 13.

I realize that if you mailed a check, it may not have been included in the totals. But if you haven't yet made your tax-deductible donation, please consider doing that today. Our wounded warriors need us.

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Valour-IT...2 days left

In 2005, I was wounded. For some months, I was unable to use my hands. They were simply too badly damaged from the blast, and the surgeries to make them usable again left me unable to do anything for myself.

Then came Soldier's Angels, who gave me a laptop, and paired it with special software that allowed me to control the computer, using only my voice! Imagine, being able to do anything you can do with a mouse and keyboard, using just your voice. For me, it allowed me to do one thing, that I could do before I was wounded.

That one thing--when everything: feeding, cleaning, scratching, everything had to be done for me--that one thing I could do for myself allowed me to connect to my soldiers, friends, and family. That one thing... that one thing began a long road to recovery. It gave me hope; that I could learn to do other things like I did before.

That one thing is only possible if people like you care enough to help. We have provided thousands of these systems since 2005, but the needs for these systems is still increasing. I visit military medical facilities and meet with wounded troops, and know that there are ways to help them... and right now, I have to tell them to wait because we need funding.

Should our wounded have to wait for something that can help them heal, take their mind off their pain, or bring them a little sense of self?

Please help us raise $100,000 between July 1-14; to keep us in the business of providing for our wounded. It seems like a lot of money, but every single dollar helps. Every dollar donated goes to the troops. None of the VALOUR-IT donation goes to administrative or other costs. You'd be hard pressed to find any charity that does that, but it was a stipulation I made when we set it up. That number seems huge, insurmountable. But you know how you eat an Elephant? One bite at a time. Give what you can, please. I know times are tough. Times were pretty tough for me, too, and are pretty tough for young men and women learning how to use prosthesis, getting skin grafts, having wounds washed out.

Donate if you can, please share the message with others. Get your friends to give what they can. Write about it on Facebook and twitter. Call in to a radio or TV show. Spread the word. Spread the love. Spread the hope.

Thank you.

Chuck Ziegenfuss

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VALOUR-IT Standings

Team Army Takes Commanding Lead

And Team Air Force is coming in dead last.

I know Team Air Force is smaller, but seriously, only $1891 with [Edit: 3 days] left in the competition? Do I not have readers?

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Is there anything I can do to motivate you?

I know times are tough, people are deployed, etc. In my household, it's a matter of actually finding the time to discuss the donation amount. I understand reasons for delays.

But I think about that bottle of wine we didn't really need. The $4 cup of coffee. And I'm not comfortable with saying that we can't afford to give something.

Family and friends...you know I have a birthday coming up. While I'm not a good enough person to refuse all presents this year, I will say that I'd like you each to put $10 of the gift budget into VALOUR-IT. It would mean a lot to me if you'd do that.

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And if there's anything (plausible) I can do to inspire the rest of you, just let me know.

Soldiers' Angels has been designated a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity by the IRS. Donations are tax-deductible and may be eligible for matching funds from donors' employers (ask your employer). Be sure to consult your tax advisor for further information.

Please include your name, address, phone number and email address with donations by mail. Send your donation to:

Soldiers' Angels
Project Valour-IT Fund (Team Air Force)
1792 E. Washington Blvd
Pasadena, Ca 91104

If you have any questions about donating, you can call (615) 676-0239. The teams are simply for friendly competition. All donations go into the same fund.

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I just received this from Soldiers' Angels:

We are running our annual Valour-IT Fundraising Competition four months early because the need is so huge—we have 136 wounded warriors on the waiting list. Please stand with us and help these heroes! This is one of the most powerful projects of Soldiers’ Angels, and the current online fundraiser is a very large part of ensuring it can continue to supply severely-wounded troops with voice-controlled laptops and other technology that aids their recovery, reintegration and independence.

“Using a voice-controlled laptop was first time I felt whole since I’d woken up wounded,” says Chuck Ziegenfuss co-founder of Valour-IT and a wounded warrior himself. “It allowed me to do one thing that I had been able to do before I was wounded—use a computer. It allowed me to connect to my soldiers, friends, and family. That one thing began a long road to recovery. It gave me hope… hope that I could learn to do other things like I did before.”

Every single donation—no matter how small--enables Valour-IT to provide that hope to other wounded warriors. Right now 136 of them are on the waiting list for laptops and we are only 15% of the way to our goal. Please do what you can to help—donate $10, email your friends and family, spread the word!

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