I would enter the contest but we already have a lap top and a web cam, we do now anyway. This last deployment was the first time we did and I can definitely say having it mad the separation easier to bear, especially for the kids.
I was sent this press release via email and decided the cause was worth posting about:
Leading online retailer announces Laptops for Flattops contest for military families to better communicate with loved ones serving overseas
INDIANAPOLIS – (April 6, 2009) – AllAmericanDirect.com, a leading e-commerce provider of consumer electronics and satellite services, today announces the company’s first essay contest which will award one laptop with an embedded Webcam (for the family) and an additional Webcam (for the soldier) to two families who have an immediate family member serving in any branch of the U.S. military overseas. Winning families will be announced bimonthly through the end of 2009.
The contest, Laptops for Flattops, invites participants to submit a 400 word essay that explains why their family deserves to win, and how a laptop can improve their lives and communication with their loved one serving overseas. Families must be able to verify their loved one’s military enlistment.
“AllAmericanDirect.com is committed to celebrating American values and ideals, and we are a proud supporter of our troops – especially those who are serving overseas, away from their loved ones,” said Mike Mountford, CEO of AllAmericanDirect.com. “Providing families with the ability to interact and communicate on a higher, more interactive level than a phone call, is just one way in which we can salute those in uniform.”
Entries for the contest can be submitted as early as 12:00 AM EDT (24:00 GMT) on Monday, April 6 via allamericandirect.com/military and must contain a valid name, e-mail address, phone number and physical mailing address. The contest closes at 11:59 PM EDT (15:59 GMT) on Friday, May 8.
Judging will be done by a panel of three judges including: Col. (Ret.) Dale A. Kissinger, partner at MilitaryAvenue.com and a colonel (retired) in the U.S. Air Force, Mr. Scott Davis, an Air Force veteran of Operation Desert Storm and father of Army PFC Sean Davis, who is stationed in Vicenza, Italy and is preparing for his second tour of duty in Afghanistan, and Ms. Jenna Richards, the sister of Capt. Phillip Richards and his wife Capt. Michelle Richards who are active in the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division and will be deployed to Iraq for their second tour of duty in September 2009.
The judges will be looking for essays that describe how their family has been affected by one or more family members serving overseas and how a laptop and Webcam would improve communication with their loved one(s).
Winners of the first contest will be announced on Monday, May 18. Families may re-submit a new essay for each bi-monthly contest if they were not previously selected. The contest will continue every other month through December 2009.
To learn more about Laptops for Flattops, visit http://www.allamericandirect.com/military. Further information on AllAmericanDirect.com’s products and services is available online at http://www.allamericandirect.com/?pr.