Families of Wounded Soldiers Receiving Treatment at Walter Reed Hospital Can Now Talk to and See Loved Ones with the Help of Leading Video Calling Service
Berkeley, Calif., - May 9, 2005 - SightSpeed, Inc., the award -winning service that lets you see and hear the people that matter most to you wherever they may be, and the Wounded Warrior Project, a non -profit organization dedicated to assisting severely injured servicemen and women, today announced an alliance to offer free video calling to families staying at the Mologne House "comfort home" located next to Walter Reed hospital in Maryland.
The Mologne House takes in family members of soldiers receiving treatment at Walter Reed. Since many of the soldiers now returning are amputees, recovery time can be close to eight months. For military families, this means more time away from home for both soldiers and family members staying at the Mologne House. With the help of SightSpeed, those staying at the Mologne House can remain in contact with their children, parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents and friends who remain back home. SightSpeed's high quality and easy -to -use video mail will also allow soldiers and families to send personal greetings to the men and women who are still stationed in Iraq.
"This is an amazing service to provide for families who have already suffered lengthy separation from loved ones," said John Melia, director of the Wounded Warrior Project. "This not only enables families to see and communicate with others back home, but it will help boost morale for soldiers who are still overseas."
As part of the alliance with Wounded Warrior Project, SightSpeed has donated 14 Pro Series Starter Kits totaling $1,812.30, which includes a web camera, headset, microphone and a subscription to SightSpeed. 12 cameras and services have been set up at the Mologne House, and two families, chosen by Wounded Warrior, will have the service installed at their homes.
"We see this as a way to give back to those who give so much," said Brad Treat, CEO of SightSpeed. "We're happy to help make the rehabilitation process an easier one for soldiers and their families. We know the power of seeing and hearing a loved one is essential in keeping families together through such a difficult time."
About SightSpeed, Inc.
Based in Berkeley, California, SightSpeed turns your PC or Mac into an easy -to -use video phone. SightSpeed's award -winning, instantly available software is the only one to deliver voice and video at 30 frames per second over broadband without delay - providing clear, precise, natural communications. SightSpeed's software is easy to install and use with standard computers, cameras and a broadband Internet connection. Its revolutionary human perception -based technology is patented and based on over seven years of research at Cornell University. SightSpeed is accessible on Internet -connected computers, and can also be licensed for embedded commercial applications. For more information, visit http://www.sightspeed.com
About Wounded Warrior Project
Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) is a non -profit organization dedicated to assisting severely injured servicemen and women. The WWP has delivered over 3,000 backpacks filled with comfort items to soldiers recovering at military hospitals around the world including Bethesda and Walter Reed. Among the various free services the WWP provides are Veterans Affairs benefits counseling and vocational training. The program also sponsors adaptive sports clinics and activities that assist the veterans during their rehabilitation process. WWP is currently working to get legislation passed that would enable disabled veterans to have disability insurance - whereas now they are only eligible for life insurance. For more information, please visit www.woundedwarriorproject.org or call 1 -800 -404 -2898.
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