The race is on as the sojers have once again stolen a march on us in the dark o’ the night, what with their load-bearing equipment and muddy boots, brutally severe haircuts and pinched, shrewish faces all cammied up like.
Never to fret though, for Curt at Chaotic Synaptic Activity has picked up the banner of the sea service from Smash, who carried it well indeed the last time this was done, and who is even now leading us on to our inevitable, heroic victory over them sojers, and the Air Force too. For my own part, I think we should be able to count the Marine Corps too, but there are these accounting rules, and what’s a naval officer to do?
Well, win of course. Partly because we’re the Navy, and the we’re supposed to always win. Island nation and all that. But also because of you, gentle reader. Because of what you’re willing to do.
Which my point is, aside from all the inter-service love you’ll be reading about in the upcoming, it’s for a good cause, isn’t it? You can dig into your pockets for what you might leave as a generous tip after a night on the town, and pooling your resources with like-minded patriots and others who give a care, we can all show our gratitude to those who went to war for us. Who went to war for us because collectively we asked them to. Who have come back to us a great deal more burdened in life than they where when we had sent them hence.
Valour-IT, for those who didn’t know it, is a program that provides free voice-enabled laptop solutions to wounded veterans who have either temporarily or permanently lost the use of their hands. With these laptops, those who fought for us and sacrificed for us can regain a portion of what has been taken from them – contact with the outside world, communication with their friends and family by email, they can keep up with what’s going on in the world via web search and they can even take on-line college or vocational courses to prepare them for transitions if necessary.
It will all too often be necessary.
The fund drive winds up on 11 November – Veteran’s Day.
Do what you can, under the color of whatever service best suits you. It’s the right thing to do, you’ll be glad you did and it’s even tax deductable.
Don’t make me hound you.