Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/04/30/dell_army_pc/
Dell donates 100 clunkers to Operation Homelink
2,500 lappies still needed
Dell today made an unprecedented move to keep US soldiers deployed abroad in touch with their stateside families by donating 100 used laptops for use at Fort Hood.
Dell teamed with non-profit group Operation Homelink to provide systems for the parents and spouses of junior enlisted, deployed service men and women.
"Being able to connect with your family while being deployed helps maintain and sustain a soldier's morale, and technology makes that possible today," said Frank Miller, vice president of Operations for Dell's Public Sector and former Major General in the United States Army. "Dell believes that no computer should go to waste, and we're glad to see Operation Homelink put these systems to good use."
While Dell's generosity is impressive for a company that barely generated $41bn in revenue this year, the company may have done a bit more to help out the troops. Operation Homelink is still is need of another 2,500 systems.
Can Register readers out donate Dell? Send us an e-mail, if you ship off a system. Regardless of your feeling on the current war, it's not unreasonable to help families use technology to stay in touch.
Maybe Dell's namesake can chip in too. Lord knows he's done his part for those who helped make this war possible. ®