Yesterday was a good first day of competition for th Project Valour-IT Marine Team which ended in first place. While the competition is great fun, Valour-IT is really all about our wounded warriors and how we can all play a small role in helping them keep in touch with their friends, family, and buddies while they recover from their injuries. Read more below and watch a wonderful video.
As you can see from the real-time graph above, Right Pundits and our fellow Marine Team bloggers have a very slim lead (at this writing) over the other teams. The Soldier’s Angels “Project Valour-IT” fundraising campaign moves into Day 2 in an effort to give specially adapted laptops to wounded servicemen, which may include some of the 12 hurt yesterday in Afghanistan who will be making their way back home to Bethesda, Walter Reed, or one of the other military medical centers all across America. Some however, like Captain Kyle VanDeGiesen from Massachusetts, make the ultimate sacrifice for us all.
In addition to the 12 wounded yesterday in Afghanistan, 12 Americans were killed including Captain VanDeGiesen who was one brave marine that had it all and gave it all.
“A standout local high school and college quarterback who took his game to the field of mortal combat as a Marine Corps attack helicopter pilot was killed in the service of his country yesterday.
Capt. Kyle VanDeGiesen, 29, a North Attleboro native, a husband and a father, was one of 14 Americans killed in two crashes involving three choppers in Afghanistan yesterday – the deadliest day for Americans there in four years.
“He fulfilled his lifelong dream of becoming a Marine helicopter pilot, protecting his family and serving his country,” VanDeGiesen’s family said in a statement.
VanDeGiesen and his wife, the former Megan Francis, 28, from Cotuit, have a young daughter, Avery, and were expecting the couple’s first son.
North Attleboro Town Administrator Mark Fisher recalled yesterday how VanDeGiesen, at age 14, brought flowers the first time he took Fisher’s daughter Katie on a date.
“He was a fantastic young man – just a gentleman beyond reproach. Dedicated, smart, handsome – he had it all,” said Fisher, one of VanDeGiesen’s football trainers at North Attleboro High.
“Shocking doesn’t even explain (the town’s reaction to his death),” Fisher said. “I guess it’s what makes young people mature and adults old.””
Thank you Captain VanDeGiesen for your service and your sacrifice. You can read more about him and see his photo here.
If you would like to support the good work of Project Valour-IT and Team Marines, you can go here to donate. And lest we forget, we are the land of the free because of the brave. It is our duty and even a pleasure to support the men and women who support our dear country and allow us to sleep safely each night.
We have a great video for you below called ‘101 Reasons to Love Your Marine Corps’ that gives a lot of facts about the corps. Test your knowledge!