Caregivers & wounded warriors – PBS

November 19, 2009 · Filed Under Blue Star Moms, Mamaw, Wounded Warrior · Comment 

From BlueStar Mamaw and from the Director of New Media for PBS/NOW Magazine:

Hello Writers, Bloggers, and Citizens,

This weekend, the newsmagazine NOW on PBS will take a hard look at America’s new wounded warriors — why are their family caregivers overworked and under-supported?

I think your audience, colleagues, and members will be very interested. I’m pasting more information below. Know that the show will be available free and in full on our website starting immediately after broadcast at

Show Description:

The Pentagon estimates that as many as one in five American soldiers are coming home from war zones with traumatic brain injuries, many of which require round-the-clock attention. But lost in the reports of these returning soldiers are the stories of family members who often sacrifice their entire livelihoods to care for them. On Friday, November 20 at 8:30 pm (check local listings at, NOW reveals how little has been done to help these family caregivers, and reports on proposals to provide critical support, though some say the ideas are just too expensive. At what point do the costs of war come at too high a price?

In addition to showing the program, our website will feature resources for family caregivers, a view of petitions seeking to create change, and a poll question launching Thursday evening:

Should family members be compensated for their care of wounded veterans?

Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions.


Joel Schwartzberg
Director of New Media

Valour IT

October 28, 2009 · Filed Under Honor Their Service, Military Parents · Comment 

There is a new widget on our page, top, left… right there! See? It’s a widget that shows progress up a thermometer – Yeah, THAT one. That’s the Valour IT campaign. If you click on it, you will get to the Valour IT Donation page (for the Army Team).

What’s Valour IT? It’s a charity that was established to give adaptive technology to a wounded warrior. When a blogger, the inimitable ChuckZ (then Capt, now Major Chuck Ziegenfuss) was injured and couldn’t type, he tried to have his very patient wife Carren keep his blog going… and her story about the dictation/frustration is worth hearing if you get the chance. He was frustrated and felt even more out of touch. Legend has it that he asked for Dragon Naturally Speaking or other voice activated software, and when it was donated to him, realized that this was a way to keep him connected to his audience, to his family. He and one of his readers, Fbl, decided that this was a superb way to keep all wounded who are unable to use a regular computer connected. So the idea was born – and the charity now gives laptops fully loaded with adaptive software to wounded who need it.

In addition to voice-controlled laptops, Valour-IT now helps provide active and whole-body video games such as Wii Sports, which is used to great effect in physical therapy, and personal GPS systems that help compensate for short-term memory loss and organizational/spacial challenges common in those with brain injuries.

This annual drive to fund this charity is also a goodnatured competition between supporters of the various services. Since TechMama and I are very proud Army Spouses – we are linking to the Army Team. If you would rather give to the team of your service member, here is the central page link.

So… what are you waiting for? Go – Donate. Now.


Happy 100 -Walter Reed Army Medical Center!

April 28, 2009 · Filed Under This & That · 4 Comments 

 happy-birthday-balloonsHAPPY BIRTHDAY! Walter Reed Army Medical Center is celebrating its’ centennial!

This week Walter Reed Army Medical Center is celebrating 100 years of service to our nation!

 Walter Reed Centennial History Symposium – April 29, 2009 commentaries 


Hallowed by War: Walter Reed and the Civil War

A Tradition of Caring: The Army Nurse Corps at Walter Reed

The Red Cross at Walter Reed

Life of an Army Surgeon has Changed Little in More Than 100 years



Photos back to the 1920s!

 This Week in WR History


 For more information: Karen Estrada, MS [Graphics designed by Karen Estrada, MS]

Visit Walter Reed Army Medical Center’s Web Site


Call to Action : Marine Lance CPL Preach

February 6, 2009 · Filed Under Household6, One of our own · 7 Comments 

x-posted at Help A ServiceMember

 I received this story from Jessica in San Antonio, TX. Let’s show Kevin how much his country honors his service and sacrifice.

Ten days ago, on Jan. 24, the Humvee in which Marine Lance Cpl. Kevin Preach (age 21) was a gunner was hit by an improvised explosive device and he was badly injured. He was transported to a medical site in Germany for surgery. He was stabilized and transferred to Brooks Army Medical Center in San Antonio, where he remains in a medically induced coma. “He is very seriously injured,” his mother said from the Texas medical complex. “He’s lost his legs. He’s lost a hand. He’s seriously burned. He’s very burned. It’s not even day-to-day, it’s really hour-to-hour.”

Kevin cannot receive anything inside his sterile room, but his mom will read him cards and letters that are mailed to him. Cards and letters can be sent to: Marine Lance Cpl. Kevin T. Preach, 3857 Roger Brook Drive, Room 4 South, Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234.

If you would like to help Kevin in other ways, let me know or go sign up to be a team member at Help A ServiceMember


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