Free Laptops for our Military Families

Technology … it has helped me survive this deployment!

When Hubby is not on “the road” and has his normal routine on base in the sand-box we regularly IM and chat via our web-cameras. There is just something about that ‘good-night kiss’, that “How was your day, honey?” conversation that ends my day on a very positive note! Hubby gets up extra early and I stay awake a little past my normal bedtime so that we can have face-to-face time together.

Alternatively, I can tell when Hubby is travelling because… well, he’s not on the other end of my computer come 11pm. That next day I am a little more stressed, a little more ill-at-ease. It has made such an impact on me. He is on the other side of the world and still such an amazing piece of my life. (I’d say in many ways the ability to communicate with him like this has had a very positive-impact on our marriage.) has hit the nail on the head with a wonderful essay-contest for our American Military Families. If you have a deployed husband or wife, mom or dad, son or daughter (in other words, immediate family member) tell them why your family deserves this laptop in 400 words. Easy stuff!

MilitaryAvenue is proud to be part of this wonderful contest. Our own Colonel Kissinger (retired, USAF) is part of the judging-panel. We are very thankful for this fine opportunity!

If your essay isn’t selected for the May 8th contest. Enter again! 2 laptops every 2 months means the judges will be looking at a new set of essays around July 8th! to give away more than $8,000 in technology prizes to military families INDIANAPOLIS – (April 6, 2009) –, a leading e-commerce provider of consumer electronics and satellite services, today announces the company’s first essay contest which will award one laptop with an embedded Web-cam (for the family) and an additional Web-cam (for the military member) to two families who have an immediate family member serving in any branch of the U.S. military overseas. Winning families will be announced bimonthly through the end of 2009.

The contest, Laptops for Flattops, invites participants to submit a 400 word essay that explains why their family deserves to win, and how a laptop can improve their lives and communication with their loved one serving overseas. Families must be able to verify their loved one’s military enlistment.

“ is committed to celebrating American values and ideals, and we are a proud supporter of our troops – especially those who are serving overseas, away from their loved ones,” said Mike Mountford, CEO of “Providing families with the ability to interact and communicate on a higher, more interactive level than a phone call, is just one way in which we can salute those in uniform.”

Entries for the contest can be submitted as early as 12:00 AM EDT (24:00 GMT) on Monday, April 6 via and must contain a valid name, e-mail address, phone number and physical mailing address. The contest closes at 11:59 PM EDT (15:59 GMT) on Friday, May 8.

Judging will be done by a panel of three judges including: Col. (Ret.) Dale A. Kissinger, partner at and a colonel (retired) in the U.S. Air Force, Mr. Scott Davis, an Air Force veteran of Operation Desert Storm and father of Army PFC Sean Davis, who is stationed in Vicenza, Italy and is preparing for his second tour of duty in Afghanistan, and Ms. Jenna Richards, the sister of Capt. Phillip Richards and his wife Capt. Michelle Richards who are active in the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division and will be deployed to Iraq for their second tour of duty in September 2009.

The judges will be looking for essays that describe how their family has been affected by one or more family members serving overseas and how a laptop and Web-cam would improve communication with their loved one(s).

Winners of the first contest will be announced on Monday, May 18. Families may re-submit a new essay for each bi-monthly contest if they were not previously selected. The contest will continue every other month through December 2009.

To learn more about Laptops for Flattops, visit Further information on’s products and services is available online at


About is an established provider of consumer electronics and satellite services, founded in 1983 and acquired in April 2003 by CEO, Michael R. Mountford, and president & CFO, Jon K. Pardieck. is a privately held national retailer of DISH Network, Verizon Wireless, HughesNet; and an e-commerce consumer electronics retailer, headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. All American Direct is the sole provider of U.S. distant network television channels (ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX) to DISH Network customers, currently serving more than 120,000 active distant network customers. For media inquires, please contact Christy Oberley at Dittoe PR at (317)202-2280 ext. 16. To learn more about All American Direct, please visit, April 06, 2009Military Life:,

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