Into the Wild Blue Yonder!

Murdoc has been drafted! And to make it worse, it’s the Air Force! I asked only one thing…could I please be assigned to an A-10 unit. John at OpFor, my squadron CO, said “No problem, Airman Murodc!” so I reported for duty.

Getting drafted isn’t any fun, but it’s for a very worthy cause: Project VALOUR-IT (Voice-Activated Laptops for OUR Injured Troops). Here’s the scoop on this very cool campaign:

Project Valour-IT, in memory of SFC William V. Ziegenfuss, provides voice-controlled laptop computers to wounded Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines recovering from hand and arm injuries or amputations at home or in military hospitals. Operating laptops by speaking into a microphone, our wounded heroes are able to send and receive messages from friends and loved ones, surf the ‘Net, and communicate with buddies still in the field without having to press a key or move a mouse. The experience of CPT Charles “Chuck” Ziegenfuss, a partner in the project who suffered severe hand wounds while serving in Iraq, illustrates how important this voice-controlled software can be to a wounded servicemember’s recovery.

Tell me that isn’t cool.

To make things way more cool yet, there’s a friendly little competition going on right now to raise money for the effort. The four military services each have a team of bloggers (with some activated reserves and civilian draftees to fill out the ranks) working to help raise a bit of cash. We want to collect $180,000.

Yes, you read that right. $180,000.

So go ahead and hit the donation button. A buck or two (or ten or twenty) via PayPal can help change things for our seriously injured troops. You can also mail donations. They are tax-deductible.

Regardless of the team you donate through, all proceeds will be used wherever they’re needed. So donate to the Air Force team.

If you blog or run a web site, please consider joining a team and posting the donation badge. The competition runs through November 10th.

Picture of Murdoc’s plum assignment below.


Sure, it looks dangerous, but John assures me that the A-10 is equipped with a “titanium bathtub” of armor, so I should be just fine. BRING ‘EM ON!

UPDATE: No, that’s not me in the pic. Even if I was in the Air Force, I doubt they’d give me a loaded weapon.

I originally posted this pic way back in MO’s early days.


  1. See if you had of stayed in school, you wouldn’t have gotten drafted. Some people just never take that Heinz chick’s husbands advice.