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by George Heymann

Soldiers Angels conducts online fundraising utilizing social media to help provide laptops and more for wounded troops.

by George Heymann

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Soldiers’ Angels is a volunteer-based non-profit established in 2003. They specialize in providing aid to members of the United States Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard, as well as veterans and military families.

Its latest fundraising effort “Project Valour-IT” utilizes Facebook, Twitter and other social media to help raise money and awareness for the needs of wounded troops. Project Valour-IT features an online competition where “virtual teams” named for U.S. Military branches use traditional media outlets to spread the word. The goal is to to raise at least $100,000 through October 2011.

Project Valour-IT claims to have already supplied over 6,000 severely wounded servicemen and women with adaptive laptops and other devices to aid their recovery and reintegration.

“Project Valour-IT changes lives,” says Soldiers’ Angels founder Patti Patton-Bader. “Wounded heroes report that being able to use a laptop helps them feel whole again.  Physical therapists are actually designing therapy sessions around Wii Sports!  And something as normal as a handheld GPS reduces stress and helps a hero cope.  It’s just amazing what this project does!”

“Each of the devices Valour-IT supplies helps restore confidence and independence for a wounded hero.  Voice-activated laptops reconnect the wounded with the world and develop self-confidence by showing soldiers they can continue to be engaged and productive despite their injuries.  Service members also use the laptops to research their medical care or prepare for a post-military career.  Physical therapists report Wii Sports is extremely motivational and beneficial when used in physical therapy settings, and wounded personnel with short-term memory loss due to TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) and severe PTSD use GPS systems to keep from getting lost or disoriented when they move on to more independent living.”

For more information about the fundraising effort, email campaign@soldiersangels.org or visit www.soldiersangels.org. Tax ID# 20-0583415 CFC #25131

Source: Soldiers’ Angels

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