Happy Birthday to the Marine Corps

Today is the 234th birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps. My husband is a Marine Corps vet so I have a special place in my heart for Marines. Take a minute today to thank a Marine for their service. (If you don’t know any personally, there are some you may know as blog readers — people like Steve Schippert and Bob Hamer.)

Better yet, help a wounded warrior with a contribution to the Soldiers’ Angels Valour – IT program. Their annual fundraiser is almost over so they could really use your help today. I am on Team Marines and we have almost reached our goal. Here is a description of the work Valour – IT does (via Michelle Malkin):

Valour IT provides adaptive technology to help severely wounded vets recover faster, establish a support system, and regain their independence. Since the program began, every single dollar raised by Valour IT has been used to provide:

· 4,100+ voice activated laptops
· over 30 Wii systems
· and nearly 100 handheld GPS devices to wounded vets at:

Balboa Naval Hospital
Naval Hospital, Camp Pendleton
Brooke Army Medical Center
Robert E. Bush Naval Hospital
Madigan RMC
Walter Reed AMC
National Naval MC (Bethesda)

and VA centers nationwide.

Cassandra at Villainous Company has a Marine Corps birthday post and roundup including links to posts from around the blogosphere.

In honor of the day, take a minute to read about Medal of Honor winner Corporal Jason L. Dunham, USMC or watch the following video of President George W. Bush awarding the Medal of Honor to Corporal Dunham, postumously.

Update: I got an email from Cassandra saying Team Marines has won the Valour-IT competition. Thanks to all who contributed. If you have not contributed to this very worthwhile project, you can still do so at any time — just follow the Soldiers’ Angels link above.

Update II: I linked Bob Hamer above before seeing his Happy Birthday post at Big Government. Read it here.

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