This summer is the perfect time to enjoy yourself outside, and if it gets hot outside you can chill inside with some video games. Even better, you can check out a 24-hour marathon put on by AbleGamers Charity to help disabled veterans. 'Remembering Disabled Veterans' will begin on July 5th, and continues the success of the 'Driving Home Accessibility' campaign.
“Being an Honorably Discharged, Service Disabled veteran myself,” said Mark Barlet, Founder and Executive Director of AbleGamers Charity. “I’m all too aware of how veterans can be overlooked outside of service related holidays. it’s part of the core mission of AbleGamers to make sure that these men and women who put it all on the line to serve us are not forgotten after the Fourth of July.”
“We’ll be bringing the gift of gaming to injured service members around the country through the Driving Home Accessibility project,” continued Barlet. “But we need the help of the community to get the vehicle funded before we can start taking it around the country visiting hospitals and centers.”
And it's not just the military troops that AbleGamers hopes to help. It's also the first responders in our day to day: the policemen, firemen, EMTs, and others who put their lives on the line in order to help and protect the public.
The goal of the project is to collect enough to fund a vehicle to go across the country, delivering gaming systems to hospitals and other centers for veterans to play on. It has been shown that veterans suffering from PTSD are less likely to suffer negative thoughts of harming oneself when associated with a tight knit gaming community.
Starting July 5 at 12PM EDT for a full 24 hours, you will be able to watch the marathon on Twitch (link provided here) where there will be plenty of gaming, and even giveaways. You can find more information on AbleGamers by visiting their website here, or sign up directly for the drive here.