Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Veterans Airlift Command Supports the Wounded Hand-in-hand with Soldiers' Angels

Veterans Airlift Command Supports the Wounded Hand-in-hand with Soldiers' Angels

Soldiers' Angels founder spends a day with wounded warriors and a unique organization that uses private planes to support their healing.

Pasadena, CA (PRWEB) February 4, 2009

Soldiers' Angels founder Patti Patton-Bader spent a recent day at the Fisher House on the Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) campus with Walt Fricke of Veterans Airlift Command. Fricke was learning more about the needs of the wounded warriors he assists through by flying them around the country so that they can stay connected to family throughout their recoveries. Patton-Bader took the opportunity to distribute laptops for wounded given through the Soldiers' Angels Valour-IT project (http://soldiersangels. org/index. php? page=project-valour-it). They both commented on the positive spirit and great work they saw at the Fisher House, which hosts the families of wounded warriors while their hero recovers.

Veterans Airlift Command (VAC) was founded in Minnesota in 2006 by Fricke, a wounded veteran himself. "I spent six months in a hospital 700 miles from my hometown recovering from combat injuries sustained while flying a helicopter in Vietnam. My healing began in earnest when my family was able to gather the resources to make a trip to visit me," he says when asked about his inspiration for the organization.

VAC's mission to bring wounded and their family members together throughout the recovery period, and to allow recovering service members to travel in comfort and dignity instead of facing the gauntlet they encounter on commercial air travel while dealing with physical challenges. This special service also reduces the burden on non-profits who help service members and families with emergency travel costs, often requiring organizations to pay the steep costs of last-minute plane tickets.

Fricke had originally planned to just set up flights of 300 miles or less, but VAC quickly grew to cover flights up to 2,000--almost the entire country--and hundreds of pilots and plane owners now donate their time, equipment and gasoline. VAC has also expanded beyond ferrying between home and hospital; they recently assisted Operation Comfort with transportation for a ski trip for wounded heroes.

VAC's motto is "Wounded Veterans, they've got heart...they need wings." Soldiers' Angels applauds and salutes Veterans' Airlift Command (VAC) for giving America's wounded heroes wings, and is proud to work alongside them in their mission.

For more information about VAC, see www. veteransairlift. org

About Soldiers' Angels: Established in 2003, Soldiers' Angels is a volunteer-based 501(c)(3) non-profit providing aid and comfort to the men and women of the United States Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard, as well as veterans and military families. For more information, see www. soldiersangels. org or call 626-529-5114. Tax ID# 20-0583415


Handheld Users "Trading Places" With Latest Release of Earthcomber

Handheld Users "Trading Places" With Latest Release of Earthcomber

New version of personal navigator software allows users to mark their favorite locations on maps and share those locations with other users.

(PRWEB) March 9, 2005

Chicago (PRWEB) March 9, 2005 — Earthcomber LLC today announced new features of its freeware personal navigator that allow users to mark and share places on the map. The much-anticipated Earthcomber Version 1.2 lets users mark their favorite places on maps, either on their Palm-powered devices or directly on the Web, and then share those places through private and public groups in the Earthcomber community.

"The vision for Earthcomber is to allow users to exchange points of interest on the map," said Earthcomber founder Jim Brady. "We're putting people in charge of their own experience, and with this release of Earthcomber, people can graduate from being recipients of information to being mappers of their own worlds."

Earthcomber users can mark places of interest as they travel, making field notes while the software provides the map coordinates and other details. Users with GPS (Global Positioning System) will be automatically positioned on Earthcomber maps. Users without GPS can use the maps to position themselves. The break-away feature, however, is that users can then share their own locations in Earthcomber's new “community” area.

Locations can be shared with public groups, or kept in private, member-only groups. Users who join a group can load that group's locations onto their own Palm-powered devices, or browse the locations on the web. For example, if one member of a bird-watching group marks 20 new spots for viewing birds, and a second member marks 30 new spots, all members of the group get access to the 50 new spots.

The new features of Earthcomber provide users with numerous applications:

  • Personal travel and adventure: Create a map of an upcoming trip that contains all the places you intend to go, and then use the Palm as a mobile vacation guide. During the trip, you can mark memorable spots such as highlights or discoveries. You can store these spots in "plogs" (map logs) that can be kept private or opened to the public for read-only viewing.
  • Family connections: Mark family homes, ancestor gravesites, family reunion sites, and places of genealogical interest. These places can then be made available to other family members.
  • Interest groups: Mark the best places for jogging, hiking, photography, railroad spotting
  • Work: Mark the locations of customers, job sites, suppliers, and other spots of interest to co-workers.
  • Events: Create mobile event maps that help participants find key spots during conventions and festivals.

Earthcomber also comes preloaded with nearly 1.5 million places of interest, including stores, services, attractions, historical sites, and more. Earthcomber can notify users about the closest library, post office, shopping mall, hospital, or police station. Nature lovers can quickly find the nearest park, mountain summit, hiking trail, lava flow, glacier, waterfall, lake, and many more natural features.

Earthcomber also contains over 50,000 sites from the National Register of Historic Places. Users can personalize their experience by indicating exactly the types of places they want to see on their maps.

Earthcomber is free for users. Users can download the software along with free digital maps for any county in the United States at www. earthcomber. com. Businesses can list their locations on Earthcomber for as little as $35 per year.

Earthcomber community groups can be viewed directly at www. earthcomber. com/community (http://www. earthcomber. com/community )

Earthcomber is currently available on PDAs and smart phones powered by the Palm OS®, version 3.5 or higher. A version for Windows Mobile™ devices will be available later in 2005.

Palm OS and Palm Powered are trademarks or registered trademarks of PalmSource, Inc. or its affiliates in the United States, France, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom, and other countries. Windows Mobile is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.


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