To help keep Oklahoma National Guard Troops connected with the ones they love, AT&T will donate 401 pre-paid calling cards to soldiers from the 1/180th CAV Squadron, placed in Durant. The creative initiative, known as “Forget Me Not,” was began by the Bryan County VFW Post 3916, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion and the Durant Area Chamber of Commerce in January.
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“Upon meeting AT&T to ask for their assistance we were advised they were already at work on securing the cards” declared Janet Reed, Executive Director Durant Area Chamber of Commerce.
Jason Winborn, AT&T Area Manager of External Affairs has acted closely with the project making sure for each one deploying soldier would leave with a calling card. “While we can never in truth pay back our troops for the sacrifices they attain, we hope that by allowing them with a means to stay affiliated with the ones they love we can make their deployment – and their time away from family and friends – a little bit easier,” told Winborn.
The National Guard Troops from the 1/180th CAV Squadron will deploy to Afghanistan in April. In acting so, they must say bye to family, friends, and those they love while overseas.
“These gallant men and women are true heroes, sacrificing everything to protect their nation,” said State Representative Dustin Roberts, himself a veteran. “Leaving for such a deployment is ne’er an easy task, and we owe them every award we can bestow upon them for their help.”
State Senator Josh Brecheen added: “We owe these gay soldiers an incredible debt and our deepest thanks for their service. I am proud to cognize that they are defending our freedom and look forrard to their safe return.”
Each pre-paid calling card admits for 100 minutes of calling time. In addition to allowing pre-paid calling cards to our troops, AT&T has, for more than 85 years, abided military personnel, their families, and ex-servicemen through a host of programs, admitting the AT&T Veterans, which coordinates affirm for armed services personnel and their families. AT&T also acts with Cell Phones for Soldiers, a nonprofit organization that uses funds from reprocessed cell phones to buy prepaid phone cards for active agent duty military members. AT&T’s support for the broadcast includes the contribution of phone cards and making each of its more than 2,000 retail depots across the country drop-off sites for phone recycling. Last year, Cell Phones for Soldiers advanced more than $1 million in proceeds.
The calling cards will be acquainted to the deploying soldiers Saturday, April 2, 2011, at 1:00 p.m. at the National Guard Armory, 99 Waldron Drive, Durant, Oklahoma.
Calling Cards Donated to Soldiers