iPads for Soldiers
The mission of iPads For Soldiers is to purchase and donate iPads to U.S. soldiers serving in Afghanistan and those wounded stateside in military hospitals.
After Winnie Pritchett’s oldest son, Wesley, a 2008 West Point graduate who flies Kiowa Helicopters was deployed to Jalalabad, Afghanistan, she learned that many of our deployed warriors serve in remote regions and have very limited access to TV, internet, and cell phones, and no way to carry heavy books or computers in their 110-pound rucksacks. It became obvious to her that the typical care package of candy and magazines wasn’t enough. They needed something that allowed them to speak with their families back home, apps that could help them cope with strenuous situations, the ability to share photos with loved ones, watch movies, listen to music, read books, and even learn new skills and stay up to date on their training… what they really need is an iPad.
It wasn’t long after founding iPads For Soldiers that Winnie Pritchett and her team also realized how beneficial the iPad is to our wounded warriors. Aside from being a morale booster, the iPad and its many apps proves to be a key element in the recovery process for many wounded heroes. Apps geared toward dealing with mental health issues like ‘PTSD Coach’, an app developed by the Pentagon, ‘T2 MoodTracker’ and ‘PTSD Support’ have helped doctors and patients alike. Apps such as ‘Answer HD’, ‘Small Talk’, ‘123 numbers’ and others help wounded warriors deal with brain injuries. The touch screen proves unique in allowing those veterans who are missing fingers and hands to easily navigate the iPad.
We are proud to say that our organization is run by an active volunteer-based community, meaning we do not deduct any administration fees. One hundred percent of donations go directly to purchasing iPads. To date we have donated over 5,500 iPads. These donations have impacted thousands of soldiers, and it doesn’t stop there. In turn, thousands of family members and friends, as well as doctors and therapists, have greatly benefited.
Your generosity changes our troops’ lives! During your visit, please make sure to click one of the “Donate” buttons. You can give one or more iPads, or a sum of money that you choose. And, please share our mission with your friends. The more help we receive, the more we are able to say, “Thank you for your service.”
Learn more at iPadsForSoldiers.org