Canada using video games to boost morale
A while back, the Canadian military had a garrison outside of Montreal opened a requisition for $25,000 (Canadian, that would be nearly $24,800US) worth of video games. People in the military scratched their heads in confusion wondering why they would ask for such an unusual proposal, but the info has now been made public. They're gifts for soldiers stationed in Afghanistan.
Canada's Ministry of Defence (that's how it's spelled) followed up with the Canadian Press, who reported the story about the earlier experience, to inform the public that they wanted to buy 500 video games (including 93 copies of Gears of War) to be a morale booster to the two Canadian bases in Afghanistan. Since there's around 500 Canadian military personnel in Afghanistan, that's almost a game for each one.