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War games at Walter Reed

Mike Musgrove

Locally-based soldier's aid organization Cause (stands for Comfort for America's Uniformed Services), kicked off the first of what it hopes will be a regular, monthly video-game tournament at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center last night.

Cause plans to hold the event on the last Sunday of every month. Prizes for last night's tournament included a laptop computer, a portable DVD player and an iPod. Last night's virtual shootout was in the Tom Clancy game Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter --next month, the group thinks they might use the World War II game Call of Duty 3.

"They're here for a long time and there's not much to do," said Denise Leibowitz, who is on the Cause board of directors.

Tim Lott, one of the soldiers playing in the tournament, said that video games are a big pastime for soldiers at Walter Reed ("It's that or cards," he said). Lott, who is recuperating from a back injury he got in Afghanistan, said that a soldier's military training generally gives them an edge over non-miltary types, in war-themed video games like Ghost Recon.

Got any old video games or game systems sitting around? The group is looking for more games to add to its lending library-- and wouldn't mind having some more volunteers, either. To contact Cause, drop a line to

By Mike Musgrove  |  January 29, 2007; 2:02 PM ET  | Category:  Mike Musgrove
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