Monday, July 02, 2007

AT&T Helps Military Families Connect for Independence Day

SAN ANTONIO, Tex. — AT&T Inc. announced the donation of 10,000 prepaid phone cards, which is the third installation toward more than 50,000 prepaid phone cards that the company will give away in 2007. With the help of the United Service Organizations (USO), the cards will be distributed to military personnel who are stationed overseas. This donation builds on more than 85 years of AT&T support for U.S. military families and a 20-year partnership with the USO.

The latest donation marks 30,000 phone cards donated so far this year via direct handouts with the USO. This set of 10,000 phone cards will be distributed on overseasmilitary bases during USO entertainment tours that are slated for the weeks following Independence Day. According to AT&T, this donation is in honor of U.S. families, whether they are on active duty or have a loved one who is actively serving.

In the coming weeks, the USO will help AT&T distribute the phone cards to troops who are serving throughout 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.

"As we celebrate one of the most patriotic holidays of the year, we salute U.S. military families everywhere," said Carmen Nava, AT&T senior vice president-distribution. "We also hope this donation will help ease some of the challenges posed by distance, time zones and ongoing military duties -- and bring loved ones closer together."

For more than 66 years, the USO 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. It is supported by Worldwide Strategic Partners AT&T Inc., BAE Systems North America, Clear Channel Communications, The Coca-Cola Company, DRS Technologies, Inc., Military Channel, S & K Sales Co., TriWest Healthcare Alliance and The Walt Disney Company, and thousands of individual donors.

AT&T Inc. is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. Among their offerings are the world's most advanced IP-based business communications services and the nation's leading wireless, high speed Internet access, and voice services. As part of its three-screen integration strategy, AT&T is expanding its TV entertainment offerings.

The donation builds on AT&T's work to help keep military families connected. Since January 2006, AT&T has donated nearly 200,000 prepaid phone cards -- valued at nearly $1.8 million -- to U.S. military members and their families. We think supporting our troops and military families is honorable, particularly on the Fourth of July.

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