November 01, 2007

Valour-IT- Go Navy!

I have been remiss in blogging about this… and it is not for lack of wanting to, but truly for a lack of creativity on my part.

For the last two years I’ve tried to find some way to convey my love of our troops and the one blog fundraiser I support whole heartedly.

Valour-IT.

In 2005 I did a WWII Navy Poster theme.

In 2006 I did a WWII theme as well as listing my ties to the Navy, through various posts.

Its 2007 and my creative juices aren’t there. And THAT is why I’ve been remiss. I want to do this right. The men and women in our Armed Forces that can benefit from Valour-IT deserve to have it done right.

So… let me just lay it out there for you, in case this is new to you and a refresher for those of you who remember from years past.

Voice-Activated Laptops for OUR Injured Troops (Valour-IT)

From the Soldier’s Angels website:

helps provide voice-controlled and adaptive laptop computers to wounded Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines recovering from hand wounds and other severe injuries at major military medical centers. Operating laptops by speaking into a microphone or using other adaptive technologies, our wounded heroes are able to send and receive messages from friends and loved ones, surf the 'Net, and communicate with buddies still in the field.

Every cent raised for Project Valour-IT goes directly to the purchase and shipment of laptops for severely wounded service members. As of October 2007, Valour-IT has distributed over 1500 laptops to severely wounded Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines across the country.

Did you read that? EVERY CENT. All of it. The whole kit and caboodle. Our wounded warriors get it all.

In the blog world, we have a little friendly competition… we divide up into the various Armed Forces groups and try to hit our goal first. Army, Air Force, Marines and Navy/Coast Guard.

That’s right, this year the Coast Guard is teamed with Navy.

(If you are a blogger, go HERE to join a team. Of course I know you are SERIOUSLY considering Navy... *ahem*)

So read about Valour IT HERE. Think about joining a team and donating to a most worthy cause.

That is all I ask… think about it. And if you feel so compelled… donate. (Click that little donatey button!!!!)

And really… when it comes down to it… GO NAVY!!! Whoo hoooo!!!

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Update: Is anyone else seeing odd code around this button? TGOO is seeing it... but I'm not. I'm using IE. Let me know in the comments. He uses a different browser.

Update2: It appears to be an issue with Firefox.

Posted by Boudicca at November 1, 2007 08:18 PM | TrackBack
Comments

GO NAVY!!! :)

Posted by: pam at November 1, 2007 09:18 PM

Yes, it shows up in Firefox. You can get rid of it by only using the portion of the code that starts and ends with "embed". I don't know what that does on IE - but post a second instance and see if it works for yur father. Ah the joys of html...

Posted by: Teresa at November 1, 2007 10:52 PM

Firefox didn't seem to like the tabs. I just deleted all the white space and it went away.

Posted by: vw bug at November 2, 2007 05:27 AM

GO MARINES!!!

Posted by: Quality Weenie at November 2, 2007 08:21 AM

Yep! It's Firefox. VW Bug is right about deleting all of the tabs. I've almost got mine to display properly. The neat widget that I've currently got on my site doesn't update the totals properly.

Posted by: Denny at November 2, 2007 12:46 PM

You forgot to mention the auction where you can donate items for Valour-ITs benefit or just go there to bid. :o)

Valour-IT Auctions

Posted by: Lemon Stand at November 3, 2007 10:08 AM

The display problem has to do with line breaks. Some post "editors" insert the html form of a "br" in place of any carriage return on an input line. The "br"s do not function well when they are inside an html construct.

Just revise your entry to remove any line breaks from the "object" and you lose the offensive text and get back the colors.

I had to edit the entries five times to put a small therm in my template, a big therm in my post , and three small therms (for the other teams) also in my post.

Posted by: The Thomas at November 4, 2007 04:22 PM