Military Moms Receive Priceless Mother’s Day Gift
VFW Operation Uplink ‘Free Call Day’ allowed overseas troops to wish their moms a happy Mother’s Day
May 16, 2012
Mothers of deployed U.S. troops received very special gifts
this Mother’s Day, thanks to a VFW Operation UplinkTM“Free Call Day,” sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary to the VFW. The Free Call
Day allowed overseas military personnel to call home free-of-charge and personally
wish their moms a happy Mother’s Day.
Call Days are available to troops and hospitalized veterans in Afghanistan and
members can call home any time during the 24-hour Free Call Day and are free to
talk to family and friends as long as they are able.
Thousands of mothers were extremely thankful for the
calls they received. Kimberly Pedersonwas one of them.
She posted on VFW’s Facebook page, “I'm a grateful mom who got one of those free phone calls. Thank you
for supporting our troops!”
The overseas service members were no doubt grateful for the opportunity to speak with loved
ones as well, using hundreds of thousands of free minutes.
Call Days are offered at more than 600 MWR Internet cafes using SPAWAR located
at various military installations in Afghanistan and Kuwait. The program is the
only one of its kind, providing two designated days each month when
deployed service members can make phone calls to the U.S. at no cost.
the program has provided over 6.5 million connections since it began offering
Free Call Days in 2006.
The next Free Call Day is scheduled for Memorial
Day on May 27, and is sponsored by Sport Clips. Click here for the full
Free Call Day schedule.
you or your corporation is interested in sponsoring a Free Call Day, click here.
Contact John Lowe of the VFW Foundation at 816-756-3390 or JLowe@vfw.org with any questions.
learn more about VFW’s Operation Uplink program and other VFW National Military
Services programs, click here.
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