Cooperation Means Laptops for Wounded Troops
Soldiers’ Angels & Air Warrior Courage Foundation Team Up
SAN ANTONIO, Nov. 17, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — It was down to the last few days before Soldiers’ Angels was to provide laptop computers and other hi-tech devices for 100 wounded veterans recovering at the Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) in San Antonio, but 13 more computers were needed. Gary Baber, BAMC Project Manager for Air Warrior Courage Foundation heard about the shortfall and stepped up to help.
In addition to direct grants and assistance for the wounded and their families at BAMC over the last six years, Baber’s organization has supported the philanthropic activities of other nonprofits that complement their mission. Such was the case with Soldiers’ Angels — when Baber informed his colleagues of the need, Air Warrior Courage (AWC) instantly stepped up to fill the gap with a grant to purchase the remaining laptops.
Soldiers’ Angels has its own history of partnering other nonprofits with complementary missions and is grateful to be the recipient of such assistance this time around. “We are all stronger when we work together,” says Soldiers’ Angels Founder Patti Patton-Bader. “I was so glad to see that this joint effort of Soldiers’ Angels and AWC helped our wounded heroes get the technology they needed. When we and the troops needed an angel, AWC was there.”
Baber was just happy that AWC could help the wounded this way. “I want to congratulate SA for thinking of doing this,” he says. “There are a lot of soldiers at BAMC who don’t have computers, so I’m very happy to see Soldiers’ Angels have taken this on as a project.”
The 13 iPads purchased through the grant from AWC are part of Soldiers’ Angels Project Valour-IT and were delivered during the Veterans Day 2010 celebration at the Soldiers’ Angels Support Center near BAMC. Activities at the Center also included packing of care packages and the writing of notes of gratitude for veterans by attendees.
Air Warrior Courage and Soldiers’ Angels are planning to continue their new-found partnership at events such as the upcoming BAMC Wounded Warrior Battalion family dinners for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Soldiers’ Angels is an award-winning 501(c)(3) with hundreds of thousands of volunteers providing aid and comfort to members of the U.S. Armed Forces, veterans and military families through a wide variety of hands-on projects and volunteerism. For more information, visit www.soldiersangels.org or call 615-676-0239.
SOURCE Soldiers’ Angels