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Rocketeer Charity: The Rise School of Dallas

The Rise School of Dallas is a special school for special kids. It's a place that provides specialized education and attention that kids with Down Syndrome and other developmental disabilities might not otherwise receive. 

The unique thing about the school is that its student body consists of kids with disabilities and with those who have none. This approach has resulted in children with disabilities achieving more than they ever thought possible!

The school means the world to one of our own Rocketeers, Rob Legg, an Account Manager for Thruster. Not only does his wife volunteer at the school, he has several friends whose children are students there. "Their specialized training, unbelievable patience and unparalleled devotion is apparent as soon as you enter the school," Legg says.

For more information and to find out how you can help, visit riseschool.org.

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Mobile Roared Through 2012... So Did Bottle Rocket!

It's no secret the mobile industry is exploding! Here at Bottle Rocket, we mirrored the industry’s tremendous growth last year. In fact, 2012 was our most successful year in our nearly 5-year history. We proudly released over 21 high-quality apps for the world's most discriminating brands and over 100 valuable updates to serve our users.

We think Apple did a great job of articulating the growth of the industry in their first press release of 2013. In the release, Apple announces that customers have downloaded over 40 billion apps from the App Store, with nearly 20 billion in 2012 alone.  The release goes on to detail the success of the mobile app industry, the iOS platform and the developer community. To read the full release, visit Apple’s press page

Don't just take our word for it. You can see how other industry media experts responded to Apple’s release below.

They each seem to echo the same message… 2012 was a year of significant growth and success for the mobile industry and the development community. Some of the articles listed above also mention their predictions of similar growth in 2013 and beyond.

We look forward to being a significant part of that growth and leadership in 2013 and many years to come!

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The United States War Dogs Association: Our January Charity of the Month

Military working dogs are an important part of our current armed forces and the defense of our nation. They provide various jobs including narcotic and explosive detection, base defense, security and patrol, search and rescue, and PTSD recovery assistance.  As of 2011, around 600 dogs were serving in active combat zones overseas. The majority of these dogs were born into the service and trained at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.

The United States War Dog Association (USWDA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring these dogs receive the same attention and care as the human veterans. The USWDA specifically focuses on educating the public about military working dogs, establishing a memorial, and improving the quality of life for these dogs after war.

Josh Smith, one of our outstanding developers, nominated The United States War Dogs Association. As a veteran himself, Josh believes the dogs deserve the best treatment when wounded and/or retired from duty.

The Department of Defense has been using military working dogs since World War I, however, it was not until 2000 that a bill was passed that allowed these dogs to be adopted after their duty. Prior to this, older war dogs were required to be euthanized. Recently, the Canine Members of the Armed Forces Act passed by the House and Senate, and was ultimately signed into law by President Obama. This act classifies military working dogs as members of the armed forces, instead of their former classification of equipment. This allows the government to assist in the process of getting the former war dogs adopted, if they qualify for civilian life.

To learn more about The United States War Dog Association, visit their website.

U.S. Marine Cpl. Kyle Click, an improvised explosive device detection dog handler with 3rd Platoon, Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, shares a moment with his dog Windy while waiting to resume a security patrol at Garmsir District, Afghanistan Feb 27, 2012.

A photo of Rony, a military working dog, is displayed during a memorial ceremony at Hurlburt Field, Fla., March 16, 2012. Rony, who died March 8, 2012, served as a patrol dog for President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.

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