Monday, May 14, 2007

Valour-IT Gets Noticed

Over the course of the 2007 Milblog Conference, Valour-IT received significant attention from business, Congress, and the military itself.

It started at the Conference reception, when USAA donated $1000 in the name of each Milbloggie winner ($8,000 total).

The next day, it was Congress' turn.

Blogger John Donovan has been instrumental in getting Valour-IT off the ground, both behind-the-scenes and as our entre into the milblog world. Recently he has developed a relationship with his congressional representative, who happens to sit on the House Armed Services Committee. When he told her about Valour-IT, she was very impressed. This is the result:


The certificate reads, "This is to certify that this flag was flown over the United States Capitol on May 3, 2007, at the request of the Honorable Nancy E Boyda, Member of Congress. This flag was flown in honor of Soldiers' Angels and Valour-IT in recognition of their tremendous work."

And finally, we received the notice and appreciation of MG David Schoomaker, Commanding General of the North American Regional Medical Command, in the form of his challenge coin. Both Lynette (head of Soldiers' Angels Wounded Team) and I had the honor of meeting him and later receiving the coin from the impressive Command Sergeant-Major:


As only one of the many people involved in Valour-IT, these awards and appreciation were humbling for me to receive, a reminder of how proud I am to know all the amazing people who have made it happen. These honors are a testimony to the hard work, generosity and creativity so many people have brought to this project, resulting in the delivery of over 1,000 laptops to severely wounded soldiers so far. Congrats to all who have made Proejct Valour-IT more than just a crazy dream!

Monday, May 07, 2007

1,000

I'm on my way back from the MilBlog Conference, and haven't yet had time to write about this, but yesterday we delivered our 1,000th laptop (it was given to a patient at Walter Reed). Major Ziegenfuss was there to present it himself, and gave an inspiring talk to the other wounded who assembled there. I will give a full report ASAP.