Military Wives Form Non-Profit to Equip Troops with Video Games

November 12, 2007 -
There may not be, as the saying goes, any atheists in foxholes.

But there certainly are plenty of gamers.

A non-profit group is hoping to keep those gamers relaxed between missions by collecting games and systems for deployed U.S. military personnel.

As reported by the Bucks County Courier-Times (in GP's neck of the woods, actually), Fun For Our Troops was started by military wife Stefanie Doctor Shea. Sgt. Michael Shea, her husband, was recently deployed for a second tour of duty in Iraq. The Sheas are seen in the photo at left, taken on the day Sgt. Shea left for Iraq.

Choosing video games as the focus of her support efforts was far from a random choice. Before her husband shipped out the couple spent a lot of their down time enjoying the Nintendo Wii at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

Dana Blackman Brady, married to a former Army Ranger, is partnering with Stefanie in the effort to get games to service personnel. She commented:
What [the troops] really appreciate over there are the true comforts of home. The stress relief and the escapism involved in these games, we really think could be beneficial.

We're hoping to get [video games] throughout the year. We don't want to have [soldiers] wait. We do foresee the issues with Christmas. It's going to be a crunch for those games.

Although the Defense Department provides no support to such efforts, the women have worked out a plan for getting the games to the troops. Stefanie Doctor Shea described the program:
We are working on an official website which will allow troops to sign themselves up as recipients or family members can sign them up. They will also be able to tell us what, if any, systems they do have so we can donate appropriate games.

Hopefully the site will be up in the next week or so (we have someone donating their services to build the site).  We are willing to work with all branches of the military but the recipients themselves must be on a deployment.  Our intention is that the equipment we send over will be passed on to troops in the unit that will replace them. 

Donations can be made via the group's website.  

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I am about ready to drop a PS2 and 10 games on ebay..mm i might donate to this instead...*sigh* I need the moeny tho >

@Tyler Baumbarger

I’m just saying that it could be taken in a very bad way.


The only way I can see a common phrase like that could be taken a very bad way, would be by someone intentionally looking for something to take a very bad way. Such an individual would seek out anything to take a very bad way, and that phrase wouldn't be the thing that most likely triggered/set the individual off, there's far more interesting things to take a bad way in GP posts.

@Xlorep DarkHelm

There is an addition to that saying. "That isn't a comment against atheist, it's a comment against foxholes."

You know, I don't want to get into a whole debate here. Just go and read this:

http://www.atheistfoxholes.org/relatedArticles.php

This is the last I will say on this subject because the last time I got into an argument involving religion on the internet it took nearly three months until the other guy got tired and said 'screw it'. It's not even within context of this article to be having a debate on semantics. The idea that if my life was at stake I would give up all of my beliefs and cry out to a god I don't believe in is insulting to my convictions.

I liked the article Dennis, as I said before, kudos on it. I think there's a lot of people taking something personal that wasn't in any way intended to be. I'll have to look into the group some more as well.

Lets see Jack and game haters hate this even though they can't.

I was rather shocked when I saw this trimmed article in my RSS reader, but that's because I'd never heard this expression before. While I don't suspect for a moment that Dennis was trying to offend, and that he was simply using it to segue into "...but there are gamers" in order to introduce the topic, it is pretty clear that the expression is based on a negative stereotype. It's made a little more sour by the fact that atheism hasn't got anything to do with the story at all. Without the existence of the phrase, it reads similar to: "Now, they say that Christians firebomb family planning clinics but it turns out that so do bored teenagers," as an intro to a story about arson.

Oy... Everyone take a deep breath...

@Tyler Baumbarger

You are the one making it a religious argument. I simply am saying let the statement go.

@ Matthew
The "no atheists in foxholes" saying is more connected to the idea that extreme stress and the potential that you may die, may very well cause a questioning of your beliefs. Just like a Christian, Jew or Muslim might question their faith in god in the face of incredible violence and death and there own mortality so too may an atheist.

Now moving on to the actual point of the story, I have several systems around that I don't use but that are still in very good order. Think those would be wanted, or would I be better of with just donating cash?

Note that while the military professes to respect any and all religions or the lack thereof (they are getting better at it) it is still a matter of personal preference. There is no "right" or "wrong". Understand please that I have not faced imminent mortality in a wartime situation, nor do I think most here have. What would I do if I did? Not sure since I have not been there. I do know that fear will cause one to do things they would not do otherwise. Is the quote offensive? Again it is a matter of personal preference. Was it intended to be offensive? Doubtful. Methinks that religion is a touchy matter at best, and I know of at least one that posts here on a regular basis that has stirred up that hornet's next more then once. I recommend De-Caf.

Just remember people. You do not need to defend your faith or lack, just have it or not.

That aside I still think it is good idea here. Spread the love or at least the games.

Sounds like a good idea to me.

People get scared. People don't want to die. Naturally, sometimes in a stressful situation, reason may fail and you'll find yourself turning to some personal supernatural for a feeling of comfort and safety. Some people live lives devoid of reason, but satisfied by that comfort.

Actually the saying goes that there are no atheists during finals, (and in emergency rooms as some would say).

Ia! Ia! Cthulhu fhtagn!

:D

I love obscure references... :D

Oh, Jack! Here's a great opportunity to enact that study I proposed a while back, and earn some goodwill at the same time!

Purchase some of your "murder-simulators," or if you'd want more specific data, "military-simulators." Provide them to troops, then compare their fitness reports before and after.

Should prove your correlation. Right?

Whoever spelled it "golf" instead of "gulf" please ..please don't do that again.

Eville1
ah the first golf war I can remember it now... the first President's bush playing golf int eh sands...for acouple years.

It seems his boy forgot to bring his clubs for this one.....


wha?
sorry :P

did tiger woods fight in the golf war?

If wacky-jacky ever gets around to paying the 10G to charity he promised, this would be a worthy cause for his donation.

You know, the Nintendo store near Rockefeller Center in Manhattan has a first generation Gameboy that was partially burned up in the Persian Gulf War and is still running to this day.

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I send them magazines games and dvd movies all the time it's great the wives are doing this its a good form of marriage counseling, but sending them anything is always appreciated.

 
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