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LISTEN UP LEGIONNAIRES!! I had the singular great pleasure to announce at our Jan. 24 meeting here in Baguio City that our NLAB School for blind children will have the gift of JAWS Screen Reading Software added to the new computer center that China Post 1-Philippines and the MOC PUP Tent 7 of the VFW have set up at the NLAB Admin Area, after many long months of negotiations that were kickstarted by a referral by Bruce Silverman of Allied Web Services to one Jeremiah Taylor in the United States. Jeremiah is a businessman and consultant who was blinded by an automobile accident years ago. He tirelessly worked with me to secure an "in" with Freedom Scientific Software, the developers of JAWS software for the blind. Jeremiah persistently sought out officers and "higher ups" at Freedom Scientific, and finally got word that the multiuser license needed for the NLAB was a whopping $3,030 for the license and another $600 for the Software Maintenance package. With that very discouraging news, I put together a portfolio of documentation and photos and forwarded that with a personal plea for relief of such a huge amount required for the software. Another "saint" from America, Phyllis Bradbury, contacted the local Lions clubs to assist us in getting donations for this software!! After more months of "begging" and presentations and letters, we finally prevailed and last week I ordered the full professional version multiuser license and maintenance package, to be presented and installed Feb. 14 at the NLAB School. Thanks to those who worked so hard to get donations and gifts to achieve this impossible goal that will give our kids a real opportunity to merge into the digital age of communication, education and socialization. God bless our Kids ... our supporters and my brothers and sisters of the American Legion and the Military Order of the Cootie!!!!

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