AT&T Helps Military Families Stay Connected During the Holidays with Free Phone Calls and Support from the USO
Latest Contribution of Prepaid Phone Cards to U.S. Military Members Rounds Out 50,000-Card Donation for the Year
San Antonio, Texas.-AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) has announced the donation of 20,000 prepaid phone cards for distribution to military personnel stationed overseas as part of a program to keep U.S. Armed Forces members and their families connected during the holiday season. So far this year, AT&T has contributed 50,000 prepaid cards, valued at more than $450,000, that the USO is distributing to military personnel in November and December 2007.
Of the current 20,000 card donation, half will be distributed during USO entertainment tours at military bases slated for the weeks before Thanksgiving. The remaining half will be distributed in early December. The USO will make the phone cards available to troops who are serving in Iraq, Kuwait, Afghanistan, South Korea, Japan and Europe. Each donated phone card will provide 20 free minutes of talk time from Iraq to the U.S.
Since January 2006, AT&T has donated more than 450,000 prepaid phone cards — valued at more than $4 million — to help support U.S. military members and their families. In the past 20 years, AT&T has contributed tens of millions of dollars to the USO in support of Operation USO Care Package, USO Operation Phone Home® and USO entertainment tours. AT&T also has provided assistance to the USO through funding regional operations in Europe, Southwest Asia and the Pacific.
“The holiday season provides us with the opportunity to lend meaningful support to U.S. military families,” said Carmen Nava, AT&T senior vice president-Distribution. “We know many military families will be separated during this special time of the year and are proud to do our part to help keep them connected.”
“The USO is the way Americans support the nationâ€™s troops,” said Edward A. Powell, USO president and CEO. “This kind of generosity by our Worldwide Strategic Partners, such as AT&T, and the American people makes our work possible.”
Since 1941, the USO has provided morale, welfare and recreation-type programs and services to enhance the quality of life for military personnel and their families around the world. The USO currently operates more than 130 centers, including 10 mobile canteens, and offers free Internet and e-mail access, prepaid international phone cards, entertainment and lounge areas, libraries, travel assistance, educational programs and refreshments. USO entertainment tours bring volunteer celebrities to entertain and lift the morale of troops and to express the gratitude and support of the American people.
For more than 85 years, AT&T has remained dedicated to supporting active military personnel, their families and veterans through charitable contributions, sponsorships, the hiring of military veterans and maintaining policies that support reservists when called to duty. Since 2000, AT&T has donated nearly $8 million in free prepaid phone cards to military members and has provided nearly $6 million in grants that support military members and related nonprofit organizations. The company also has built 70 calling centers in Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan that help keep military members in touch with their families.
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