You Can Help
Support Our Troops
courtesy of...
Assemblyman
Felix W.
Ortiz



Show
Our
Troops
You Care
There is
something
you can do!

Assemblyman
Felix W.
Ortiz

Dear Friend,

With our troops deployed around the world, I am often asked how persons can show their appreciation to our soldiers for the sacrifices they are making for our country.

I have discovered a number of programs, some of which are listed in this brochure, allowing citizens to show their appreciation — and more. These programs provide our soldiers and their families with beneficial services, such as calling cards and air miles.

For more information, contact the Web sites listed or contact my office.

Room 542 LOB
Albany, New York 12248
(518) 455-3821

404 55th Street
Brooklyn, New York 11220
(718) 492-6334

ortizf@assembly.state.ny.us


How to Show A Soldier You Care...

Operation Hero Miles

You can help American troops travel home to spend quality time with their loved ones by donating your frequent flyer miles. Soldiers stationed in Iraq who receive two-week leave periods can fly to Germany or Baltimore/Washington International Airport for free, but they are responsible for the cost of flights to their final destination. Returning soldiers often have to purchase high-priced, last-minute airline tickets so they can spend time with their family.

Since the program’s creation last year, Operation Hero Miles has collected over 516 million frequent flyer miles. Operation Hero Miles also uses donated miles to fly family members of wounded soldiers to U.S. military hospitals to help their loved one recuperate.

This program has been a huge success. If you are interested in finding out more about Operation Hero Miles, you can visit their Web site at www.heromiles.com.

Operation Uplink

Operation Uplink provides free prepaid phone cards to active-duty military personnel and hospitalized veterans. This program has distributed more than four million prepaid phone cards since 1996.

For more information, visit their Web site at: www.operationuplink.org or write to Operation Uplink, VFW National Headquarters, 406 W. 34th Street, Suite 718, Kansas City, MO 64111.

Help Our Troops Call Home

The “Help Our Troops Call Home Program” sells prepaid calling cards to any individual or organization wishing to purchase the cards for troops who are deployed.

Persons wanting to donate a prepaid calling card to a military member can log on to any of the Armed Services Exchange Web sites:

Army and Air Force Exchange Service
www.aafes.com/

Navy Exchange Service Command
www.navy-nex.com/

Marine Corps Exchange
www.usmc-mccs.org/

Click on the “Help Our Troops Call Home” link. From there, a prepaid calling card may be purchased for anyone at his or her deployed address or to “any service member” deployed or hospitalized. The Armed Services Exchanges will distribute cards donated to “any service member” through the American Red Cross, Air Force Aid Society and the Fisher House Foundation.

Treasures for Troops

The American Red Cross is launching Treasures for Troops, a year-round program that offers a way for Americans to brighten the day for deployed men and women in uniform serving overseas. You can provide troops with a gift from home with a $20 donation to the American Red Cross Treasures for the Troops program. Details on this program can be found at www.trianglearc.org/afes/treasuresfortroops.htm.

Gifts from the Homefront

Gifts from the Homefront allows you to send a gift certificate from the Army & Air Force Exchange System to a loved one, family member or friend associated with the military. They can use it at any military exchange (AAFES, NEX, MCX, or Coast Guard Exchange) retail store around the world including deployed areas. For more information see www.aafes.com/docs/homefront.htm.

Send Greetings

You can send a special message to our men and women in the military defending American freedom worldwide through “Operation Dear Abby.” This program allows you to send servicemembers e-mail messages via http://anyservicemember.navy.mil/ or http://www.OperationDearAbby.net.

You can also send a virtual Thank You card through the Defend America Web site at: http://www.defendamerica.mil/nmam.html.


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