Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Standing Up

"It really lets me know that there are people out there that still care about the troops and what they are sacrificing for this country."

"Words cannot convey how very much this means to me."

"It was the first time I felt whole."

"I am proud to serve this country knowing there are people like you that I am protecting."

...the words of recipients of Valour-IT-provided technology to support their recovery.

I suppose I could give you a guilt trip, paint a picture that would have you wiping your eyes, etc...

But there's no need for guilt trips. It's not a matter of emotion. It's simply the right thing to do. The government behemoth doesn't move fast enough to meet all the needs of our wounded veterans; we can... But only with the help of hundreds and thousands of patriotic, caring citizens like you. Citizens who know the obligation we have to those who have stood the line in our place and left a piece of themselves on that line. Citizens who know how blessed they are to sit down and use their computer without a second thought. Citizens who will never know what it's like to wake up and wonder if they'll ever be able to use their battered arm again. Citizens who are safe and comparatively carefree... because someone else paid the sometimes-steep price for their freedom.

It's not something to feel guilty for. But it is something that we will always be indebted for. They stood up for us in hard times, signed on the dotted line when they knew it meant wartime service. Now it's our turn to stand up for them in hard times, when the money isn't coming so easily for us.

Five dollars? It's five more than Valour-IT had before. Ten? Fifteen? Like raindrops running down the window pane turn to rivulets, steams and rivers, we can be a mighty force when we each do our part.

If you haven't donated, please do. If you have, thank you! And please, tell a friend or a faily member about the impact of Valour-IT on wounded soldiers.

Drip, drip, drip... it all adds up, and every cent is needed. This Thanksgiving, please thank a wounded warrior by helping him as he fights to regain his life.

It's our turn to stand up.

No comments: