As a disabled veteran myself .....

@ 2007/11/03
Hardwarelogic- Initiatives to help soldiers coming home with physical and emotional injuries

Dear Sir or Ma'am,
I am contacting all of our friends in the tech industry to gauge their interest in a project I am trying to organize. Over the last couple of years, HardwareLogic has sponsored a "Hoopty Rig" project, where staff and members donate hardware they no longer need/want to the project. We then find a family or child who otherwise wouldn't be able to afford a computer, and a staff member, or senior forum member, build a system from the parts list, then presents it to the family or child.

I'm contacting you today because we've wanted to take the project in a different direction. As I'm sure you know, our country has been involved in a war over the last four years, and an often overlooked byproduct are soldiers coming home with physical and emotional injuries that they may or may not ever overcome. As a disabled veteran myself, I understand, at least in part, what these young kids are trying to deal with, and regardless of anyone's personal views on the war, I think we all agree we need to support these young men and women who have sacrificed so much.

What we are looking for are donations, hardware that is working, but no longer being used by anyone. It may seem inconceivable in our business, but "old" hardware works perfectly well for someone who needs basic computing functions like Word Processing, Web Browsing, Email, etc. I think a lot of us would be surprised at how much stuff like this members of our community have sitting around collecting dust.

Please do not feel obligated in any way, I'm just wanting to gauge interest from our sister sites, and companies we deal with on a day to day basis, to see how feasible this project is. Of course anyone who participates will get full credit, and I'll ask that people make sure to recognize your efforts as much as possible. If you, or your community might be interested in contributing, please let me know. Once I get an idea of the interest, I'll contact the VFW, American Legion, and other Veteran's Services Agencies to see how best to proceed.

I've said before that community means everything to me, and hopefully things like this will rub off on others and we can put some older hardware to a good use. Thank you again for your time and consideration.

Rich Caporali
Comment from jmke @ 2007/11/03
Good initiative, I hope they can help those who are less fortunate
Comment from Sidney @ 2007/11/03
Follow up from Rich:

Hey everyone,
We've gotten great response to our new project, and wanted to update everyone.

This is the HL Forum thread that details what we are doing, and will be updated with status reports, and people who have, and are contributing.
I honestly don't want this to be an "HL" thing, I want it to be a "Community" thing, and am ecstatic that so many other sites have offered assistance, and hardware.

This is a thread detailing the background of the "HL Hoopty Rig"
project, and a small list that members have built of hardware we choose from for every project we undertake. I have additional things around the office.......but please feel free to donate anything you feel might help out.

As i said, this isn't an HL only thing, if you are interested in helping, or doing this on your own, just drop me an email and i'll help as much as possible (Give you ideas, points of contact, etc). I hope we can get as many people involved in this as possible. As i was talking to another Editor today, we talked about how much older stuff people have laying around, and never even realize it.....especially things like older power supplies, HDD, optical drives, etc.......even simple things like HSF can help out.

To those of you who have already been in contact, and contributed.....I thank you from the bottom of my heart. These guys coming home with physical and emotional problems are going to have a hard time adjusting and integrating back into society. something simple like a computer can help in that it allows them to adjust, and socialize on their terms by being able to send emails, participate in forums or support groups, do research, and simple stuff like help with schooling.

Rich Caporali