According to Blackfive.net, this idea was started by a wounded Capt. It sets up "libraries" of laptops at Bethesda to start, and then out to others. SA has gotten a discount from a manufacturer on "used" laptops, IIRC. Not every serviceman's family can stay at the hospital the whole time, so this provides a way to keep in touch. The laptops will come with voice activiation gear so those with hand and arm injuries can use them as well.
Every cent raised for Project Valour IT goes directly to the purchase and shipment of laptops, software and equipment for the wounded servicemembers.
Currently we are forming "libraries" of laptops equipped with the voice-controlled software for wounded Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines at each major military medical center to check-out for a few hours at a time. In the next stage, a fully-equipped laptop will be provided to each servicemember for use throughout in-hospital recovery. Finally, copies of the voice-controlled software for use on home computers will be supplied to servicemembers who still need it as they leave the medical center.
Each fully equipped laptop will cost an estimated $625 (plus shipping), thanks to software donations and retailer discounts. Thus, the first two phases will require an estimated budget of about $110,000. Full implementation will require an estimated budget of $600,000.
(Click here for specs and estimated/expected costs)
Phase 1: Initial Phase
The National Naval Medical Center (Bethesda Naval Hospital) will be the first medical center to participate, receiving 25 fully-equipped laptops for their patients with hand and arm injuries at an estimated cost of $17,000.
Phase 2: Open Participation
All participating medical centers will begin to receive 20-30 voice-controlled laptops per center, once the Bethesda phase is complete.
Phase 3: Full Implementation
The number of voice-controlled laptops per center will be increased as funds become available, to an average of 150 laptops per medical center. Copies of the voice-controlled software will also be made available for patients to install on their home computers when they leave the medical center.
There's a link to SA's site on the project and what you can do to help.www.blackfive.net/main/2005/08/operation_valou.html
Link to Blackfive's site where he posted about it.
Also take the time to read the new post about Sergeant Eddie Wright USMC, who's learning to be a hand to hand combat instructor at Quantico, VA. This is ironic in a way, because Sgt. Wright lost his hands in Iraq.