Phone Cards Needed for Troops

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The Veterans of Foreign Wars is helping keep soldiers connected to their loved ones.

"Operation: Uplink" was launched several years ago with the purpose of easing the separation and stress of hospitalized veterans and active duty military personnel who are currently serving and have served in the armed forces.

The program, with the help of VFW Foundation, provides fifteen minute phone cards to soldiers, airmen and seamen so their loved ones are just a phone call away.

"Writing letters is okay, but actually talking to someone is a lot better," said Clifford Gaston of VFW Post 5042 in DeKalb.

The program has become so popular with troops that in the past month
"Operation: Uplink" has received more than 70,000 requests, but they currently unfunded.

VFW post 5042 has taken part in the program for several years and continue to raise money to fund the cards.

"It lifts their morale and we are concerned with how they feel," said Ed Van Devender, quartermaster of Post 5042. "We have been really busy with the program since several troops were deployed."

Wal-Mart will match donations made to this program through July 4. If you would like to donate funds for the purchase of phone cards for the troops, you may send your donations in care of:

Veterans of Foreign Wars
Operation Uplink
P.O. Box 119013
Kansas City, MO 64171-9013.