Deployed Dads Receive Father’s Day Gift
Operation Uplink offers a Free Call Day
June 15, 2013
For a deployed father, there’s nothing quite like hearing his
child’s voice, especially on Father’s Day. Thanks to a VFW Operation UplinkTM“Free Call Day,” sponsored by Sport Clips, thousands of deployed dads had
the opportunity to talk to their children and loved ones on Father’s Day. The
Free Call Day allowed overseas military personnel to call home free-of-charge and
personally give and receive Father’s Day wishes.
Call Days are available to troops and hospitalized veterans in Afghanistan and
Kuwait. Service 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.
of thousands of deployed troops were able to call home. “The Father’s Day Free
Call Day is especially meaningful to military fathers who wouldn’t otherwise be
in contact with their children for Father’s Day. We are so proud to be able to
give that opportunity to so many families,” National Military Services Director
Michael Penney said of the program.
fathers were no doubt grateful for the opportunity to speak with loved ones, spending
hundreds of thousands of free minutes speaking with their sons, daughters and
other loved ones.
Call Days are offered at more than 450 MWR Internet cafes using SPAWAR located
at various military installations in Afghanistan and Kuwait. The program is the
only one of its kind, providing at least three designated days each month
when deployed service members can make phone calls to the U.S. at no cost.
the program has provided over 7.2 million connections since it began offering
Free Call Days in 2006.
The next Free Call Day is scheduled for June
30, and is sponsored by Sport Clips. Click here for the full
Free Call Day schedule.
learn more about VFW’s Operation Uplink program and other VFW National Military
Services programs, click here.
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