Latest Contribution of Prepaid Phone Cards to U.S. Military Members Rounds Out 50,000Card Donation for the Year
SAN ANTONIO, Nov. 6 /PRNewswireUSNewswire/ AT&T Inc. 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
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(R) and USO entertainment tours. AT&T also has provided assistance to the
USO through funding regional operations in Europe, Southwest Asia and the
"The holiday season provides us with the opportunity to lend meaningful support
to U.S. military families," said Carmen Nava, AT&T senior vice
presidentDistribution. "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
"The USO is the way Americans support the nations 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
Since 1941, the USO has provided morale, welfare and recreationtype 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 email 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
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About the USO
For more than 66 years, the USO (United Service Organizations) has been
providing morale, welfare and recreational services to U.S. military personnel
and their families. The USO is a nonprofit, charitable organization, relying on
the generosity of the American people to support its programs and services. The
USO is supported by Worldwide Strategic Partners AT&T Inc., BAE Systems North
America, Clear Channel Communications, The CocaCola Company, DRS Technologies,
Inc., S & K Sales Co., TriWest Healthcare Alliance and The Walt Disney Company.
Other corporate donors, including the United Way and Combined Federal Campaign
(CFC11381), have joined thousands of individual donors to support the USO. For
more information on the USO, please visit us at http://www.uso.org.
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