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Some of you may or may not have heard about Project Valour-IT, organized by Soldier's Angels. It's a program that provides various pieces of technology to help wounded military personnel recover from severe injuries. Examples include voice-controlled laptops; Wii game systems to encourage movement and rehabilitation; and GPS units to assist with disorientation.

Each year, milbloggers join up for a major fundraising effort, forming teams for each of the services. In honor of my grandfather, a former "teletype repairman" in the Army, I've donated a small amount to Team Army. As a former sailor and sister to a current sailor, however, my larger donation went to Team Navy.

The goal this year is $15,000. Team Army is currently kicking everyone's ass, having already raised over $5,000. Team Marine is in second with $1,175; Team Navy is following along with a very sad $325.

If you have a few bucks to spare, please consider donating to the project -- even if it's not Team Navy. Though we could really use the help... ;)
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Believe it or not, there are Navy and Marine Corps assets in middle Tennessee, the major one being Naval Support Activity (NSA) at Millington (formerly known as BUPERS). The base was evacuated on 1 May, and operations have slowly been returning to normal since 3 May. As of yesterday, some personnel were returning with the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) on site to offer immediate financial assistance.

NSA Millington isn't the only asset, but likely has the widest ranging effect, as all major personnel transactions -- re-enlistments, promotions, etc. -- are conducted there. Another group close to my heart is the NROTC unit at Vanderbilt University, whose personnel are likely caught right in the middle, too.

If you would like to assist financially, please consider donations to the NMCRS. Checks submitted to the Arlington, VA offices can be marked specifically for flood assistance, while credit card donations (for now) appear to be going to the general fund.

Information on donating can be found at the NMCRS site. Thanks, guys!


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