31 July 2009

Gun Bloggers for Valour-IT - Updated and bumped

The Gun Bloggers, a group of people whose interests in blogging and responsible use of firearms intersect, gather each year for a Gun Blogger Rendezvous to share a fine dinner, enjoy target shooting, and hang out with some of their patriotic blogging buddies. This year they're going help some wounded troops, too!

The Gun Bloggers have supported Project Valour-IT since the beginning by helping to spread the word and by joining the online fundraising teams. Two years ago they invited Valour-IT co-founder Chuck Ziegenfuss to speak about his experiences as a wounded veteran, and they took up a collection that resulted in over $2,000 for Valour-IT. This year they've created a raffle to raise even more money! They are also inviting people to donate to Valour-IT when they register to attend.

The raffle items include a handgun, and a choice among several two/four-day practical firearms training classes worth $2,000. Raffle winners will be required to verify that they are a US resident and that they can legally receive and own the handgun won. Tickets can be purchased online for $10 each, and will also be sold at the Rendezvous (regardless of purchase method, all tickets will have equal chance of winning). Click here for information about the raffle.

Soldiers' Angels thanks the Gun Bloggers for their ongoing support of America's wounded heroes and for their generosity in developing this raffle!

About Valour-IT
Project Valour-IT provides technology to service members recovering from serious injuries. Technology supplied includes:
- Voice-controlled and other adaptive Laptops allow wounded service members to maintain connections with the rest of the world during recovery.
- Wii Video Game Systems which are used as part of physcial therapy program, and
- Personal GPS, to build self-confidence and independence by compensating for short-term memory loss and organizational challenges related to severe TBI and severe PTSD.

Update 31 JUL 2009:
It appears as though SA's relationship with the Gun Bloggers has caused us some problems with PayPal. This is unfortunate, as SA relies heavily on dontations processed through their service.

See this story at Blackfive: Anti-Gun PayPal shuts down Soldiers' Angels Contributions

See also this post at Argghhh! in which Bill notes the following:

PayPal sooooo doesn't like guns, it wanted to insure anyone even remotely connected with guns, including those who used to carry them in our defense, and were wounded while carrying them in our defense, suffered the Wrath Of PayPal.

Follow those links to find numbers to call if you would like to respectfully and politely inform PayPal about your opinion on this matter.

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