The Bow Ramp

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Imagine This

Unfortunately, the enemy's use of IEDs in lieu of small arms when attacking our forces leads to increases in trauma to the extremities. Now imagine you have been the victim of an IED attack and wake up in the hospital without use of your hands. It shouldn't take much imagination at all to realize how difficult it will be to accomplish anything at all. That is when our service members are likely to be at their lowest. They have survived, but the road to recovery will be long and painful - with no foreknowledge of just how much of a recovery they will make. How wonderful it must be if at that very point of despair, you were given a laptop computer that responds to your voice. With it you will be able to, at least virtually, leave your hospital bed and go anywhere in cyberspace. Check up on your buddies, family, and friends. Look up information about your injuries. Hell, just being able to read will do wonders for the pain and worry.

Now the government hasn't yet decided that a voice activated laptop is necessary equipment for the injured, but that doesn't mean we can't see to it. A few bucks here, a few bucks there -- times millions of people in the USA adds up to quite a lot. It just takes a very minor sacrifice on the part of the public. Would one less meal at a restaurant, or one less video rental be too much to ask in return for what those folks have sacrificed for you?

Please hit the Project Valour-IT donate button on the right sidebar. If you have already donated, you have my eternal gratitude. If you haven't, I'm not going to come after you with a baseball bat, but please think about it. Imagine if it were you in that hospital bed, and the Soldier's Angels had to tell you they just couldn't raise enough money to get a laptop for you.