Man, I feel like Oprah came to visit us veterans. A new program from the Connected Warrior Foundation just launched a program to get veterans connected.
The program gives Post 9/11 disabled veterans (combat veterans only) free Kindles and loads of other toys. I’ll get into the toys after the comments below.
Every Friday, I pick my favorite Facebook conversation. This week’s conversation comes from the Facebook group I founded called, Disabled Veterans – Chapter 31 Voc Rehab. It has over 1,200 members. My goal with publishing the convo here is to lend some insight from the group to those veterans without Facebook or who are outside the group.
VA employee Tom Langkau kicked this one off:
Free “Kindle Fire” for disabled veterans
See the below link for the program application. If you meet the eligibility requirements, follow the basic instructions and send in for your free Kindle Fire.
Pass it on and check out their web site. They also have other giveaway’s for hospitalized Vets.
- Honorably discharged combat veterans who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan wounded emotionally and suffering from PTSD.
- Provision of DD Form 214 (Report of Separation) or Military Campaign medal is required.
Thanks Tom for your contribution!
Connected Warrior Foundation
Here is more information on the program from their website:
OPERATION GOOGLE GADGETS
We are partnering with Google to ensure that every single physically-wounded warrior receives a Google Nexus tablet device for their use. The focus of this program is wounded veterans who meet the following Eligibility Requirements criteria: Combat veterans wounded physically who are resident inpatients at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland, San Antonio Military Medical Center in Texas or the Naval Medical Center San Diego in California.
OPERATION FEEK’S FIRES
Established in honor of Navy SEAL Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class Patrick Feeks who was killed in action in Afghanistan on August 16, 2012, this program provides Kindle Fire devices to combat veterans with invisible wounds (PTSD). The distribution for this program is to a wider veteran audience, e.g. not limited to those who are resident military hospital inpatients.
Eligibility Requirements for Operation Feeks’ Fires are as follows: Honorably discharged combat veterans who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan. Provision of DD Form 214 (Report of Separation) or Military Campaign medal is required.
OPERATION FIDLER’S FIRES
Launched in 2012 in honor of IED-wounded Marine Lance Corporal Mark Fidler, the focus of this program was the delivery of Kindle Fire devices to wounded veterans who met the following Eligibility Requirements criteria: Combat veterans wounded physically who were resident inpatients at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland, San Antonio Military Medical Center in Texas or the Naval Medical Center San Diego in California.
IRIS HELOBOT PROGRAM
The Iris helobot is an example of our efforts to support wounded vets by raising awareness and support using means such as technology, both existing and innovative. Iris provides the ability for a wounded vet who is unable to travel to remotely engage and interact with people and places anywhere in the world. Iris’ system works with Skype via an Android tablet, operating on a mobile platform that allows a user to be virtually present wherever the helobot is located as it moves around and interacts with people—simply by calling Iris from a computer or phone.
Eligibility Requirements for the Iris Helobot program are as follows: Combat veteran wounded physically or emotionally (PTSD). Provision of DD Form 214 (Report of Separation) or Military Campaign medal is required.
Check them out and let me know what you find out!