Laptops for the homefront

CDW-G teams up with Operation Homefront to donate laptops to wounded warriors

Operation Homefront joined forces with CDW-G this week to donate laptop PCs to wounded service members and their families at two locations: Fort Belvoir, Va., and Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

The laptops will let service members send e-mail, polish their resumes, investigate university programs and keep up with current events — all from their hospital beds, said representatives of CDW-G and Operation Homefront, a nonprofit organization that provides emergency assistance for the military and their families.

“While most would agree that our focus is providing world-class health care to facilitate recovery of our wounded, ill and injured warriors, we also must ease uncertainties the service members may feel about the next steps in their lives — especially when determining whether they will return to duty or transition to civilian life,” said Capt. Eduardo Moten, commander of the Warrior Transition Unit at Fort Belvoir. “During the rehabilitation and transition phases, which can last six months or more, our wounded warriors must stay connected with their families to receive support.”

“I was wounded in Vietnam and a patient at Walter Reed,” said retired Brig. Gen. John Howard, Defense Department business development manager at CDW-G. “At the time, no one other than the family thought about the wounded soldier. We are grateful that through our continued partnership with Operation Homefront, we are able to highlight the sacrifice of military families and help alleviate some of the stress they often feel during rehabilitation.”

So far, Operation Homefront has delivered almost 5,000 computers to military families.

For more information about Operation Homefront, see www.operationhomefront.net. Companies interested in donating laptop PCs should call 202-547-0638; individuals should contact their local chapter at www.operationhomefront.net/map.aspx.

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Trudy Walsh is a senior writer for GCN.

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