Friday, November 04, 2005

Project Valour IT - May the Force Be With You!

That's right, every day now, you will have two posts: one that is about general things I find interesting and the other is about Project Valour IT which will appear above all other posts until Veterans Day, November 11. Army, Navy and Marines are beating the pants off of the Air Force, but I plan to change that this weekend when I get my bro to tell all the guys on his base to cough some up for big blue. It ain't over 'til the fat lady sings.

My other bro bought Star Wars III Revenge of the Sith and it reminded me that both Aniken and Luke Skywalker had their hands cut off. Well, Aniken lost his arm. In both scenarios, the men were fitted with robotic prosthetics, Luke Skywalker's prosthetic being the closest to a realistic hand. What was interesting about that was that the movie attempted to show how prosthetics would advance between the 20 years of the father and son's injury. In our history, prosthetics continously advance, but robotics or computer programs are still very limited parts of the prosthetic. Hands may appear more like hands, open, close and rotate, but they are still limited in individual finger articulation because we have yet to develop electrodes that could act or connect to all the many nerves that control the movement of individual muscles.

That means, even if our men and women are able to perform simple tasks and quite possibly learn to use a mouse, typing on a keyboard beyond the "one finger method" is out of the question. It can be very limiting, not only for personal use of a computer, but for work as well.

That's where Project Valour IT comes in. Voice Activated Laptops for OUR Injured Troops will provide the ability for these men and women to use the computer, just like you and me, but they will do it with their voices. In today's world and the world of tomorrow, computers will continue to advance beyond simple tools for searching, writing and creating. We may command them to do searches and analysis using simple language. But, today, we still need to type and they are still essential tools for everything from banking to communications to education and research.

We need to help these men and women stay connected. We need to help them use "the force" to maintain daily living activities that go beyond getting dressed, eating and driving.

You can be a force for the good. You can use the force to help our men and women.

Click on the donate button at the top of this page and help us raise the money necessary to give our men and women their own version of R2D2 and C3PO. Remember, it's tax deductible. You can mail your donations, if you prefer, to:

Soldiers Angels
Valour-IT Fund
1792 East Washington Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91104

Every service is participating in this blog competition. Our goal is $21,000 for all forces combined. This will purchase 30 laptops, software and accessories for distribution. On the world of blog giving, this isn't much at all. We've already reached over $15,000, but the worst part is the Air Force, Luke Skywalker's favorite force, is getting it's butt kicked by by Darth Vader and his storm troopers.

So I am calling all X wing pilots and rebels who like to fight for the under dog: make Skywalker proud.

Use the force to help Air Force kick the Evil Empire's butt!

If you can't donate money, you can use the force to do other good. Email friends, print these flyers and hand them out at work or at local businesses, do a blog post or two (you can join the team, preferrably Air Force, by going here to get the code), hit up your friends and remind them that the military is a force for good against evil, now they can be a part of the force.

Now, use the force to go to the top of this page and make a donation or tell your friends and family about it through telekenetic email.

Go on! And may the force be with you!

Original Post: Project Valour IT-Force Multiplier

1 comment:

FbL said...

ROFL!!! THis is definitely THE FUNNIEST post on Valour-IT that I've read. Navy and Marines are the Storm Troopers?! Oh man, I'm gonna have to drop a dime on a couple of my favorite Sailors and Marines... ;O)