Laptops for Flat Tops contest for military families

INDIANAPOLIS - (August 3, 2009) -, a leading e-commerce provider of consumer electronics and satellite services, today announces the company's third Laptops for Flat Tops contest, which will award one laptop with an embedded Webcam (for the family) and an additional Webcam (for the soldier) to two families who have an immediate family member serving in any branch of the U.S. military overseas

This contest arrives on the heels of April and June's successful Laptops for Flattops contests, which provided multiple military families the opportunity to more intimately connect with their loved ones. The popular contest re-launches on August 3 to provide another opportunity for two more deserving military families.

To enter, all participants need to do is submit a short explanation, either in written or video format, of  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.

You may also submit an entry by going to, joining our group, and submitting a one minute video. When you submit your video, please remember to begin it with your name, and then submit an entry to with the words "see video", so we can send you your laptop when you win!

"In our first two contests we set out to raise awareness and support for our troops, and the response was overwhelming," said Mike Mountford, CEO of "The stories that we have heard have inspired us, and reassured us that something as simple as a laptop can lift a family's spirits in a time of great need. We salute the families that have sacrificed so much to serve our country."

Entries for the contest can be submitted as early as 12:00 AM EDT (24:00 GMT) on Monday, August 3 via for written submissions and via for video submissions. The contest closes at 11:59 PM EDT (15:59 GMT) on Friday, September 4.

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. 

Winners of the contest will be announced on Monday, September 14. 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

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From a AllAmericanDirect Press Release