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VFW program helps ease hardships



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VFW program helps ease hardships
[11/9/2004]

Source: Army Family Publication

Good news for active duty soldiers and hospitalized veterans who face the day-to-day struggles of being far from home. Thanks to Operation Uplink, a two-year old Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) program, that situation is becoming a little more tolerable.

Since the program's inception in 1996, more than 100,000 free phone cards have been distributed to active duty soldiers and hospitalized veterans and their families. The cost of long distance phone calls can create a severe strain on Army families or veterans whose finances are already depleted. The free telephone cards are distributed throughout the year and around the world.

"It's a very attractive program to our membership," said Bill Smith, VFW director of Public Affairs. The VFW feel like they are doing something tangible in a way that says 'thank you' to those who serve -- or have served." The VFW, founded in 1899, is America's oldest veterans organization.

For more information, write to: Operation Uplink, VFW National Headquarters, 406 W. 34th Street, Suite 219, Kansas City, MO 64111; or call toll-free-1-800-479-5228. Contact them by e-mail: dickerson@vfw.org Or, you may visit their web site: www.vfw.org.

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