by Kevin Allman
Happy Veterans Day to all the Louisiana vets (and to my dad).
The Greater New Orleans Veterans Council and the Military Order of the Purple Heart are hosting this year's Veterans Day parade in downtown New Orleans, and the National World War II Museum has a full day of activities planned, with free admission to the museum for all veterans, active military, Guard and Reserve and their immediate families.
If you want to help out local vets in a more material way, blogger Greta Perry, who raises funds for Soldiers' Angels, is now collecting funds for the group's new endeavor, Project Valour, which provides high-tech help to the wounded:
When a soldier receives their voice-activated laptop, they can reconnect to the world and it helps their mind and body heal at a faster pace. Valour-IT has also expanded to include Wii systems and GPS systems. The Wii is proven to help the wounded with rehabilitation. Just listening to personal accounts about it will sell you on this. Also, personal GPS and Handheld GPS are needed to help those compensate for short-term memory loss and organizational challenges related to TBI and severe PTSD.
Greta can fill you in on all the details.