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Veterans Corner

June 8, 2014

VETERANS' CORNER: Providing ‘Minutes That Matter’ to military families

By JIM VINES

Cell Phones For Soldiers Inc. is a national non-profit dedicated to providing cost-free communication services to active-duty military members and veterans.

Founded in 2004 by Robbie and Brittany Bergquist, then 12 and 13 years old, Cell Phones For Soldiers has provided more than 204 million “Minutes That Matter” to deployed troops.

On May 29th they kicked off a three-city effort to provide communication tools to organizations serving veterans.

Supported by AT&T, Cell Phones For Soldiers initiated the effort in Richmond, Va., by donating three desktop computers and one year of AT&T Internet service to Home Again, a non-profit organization assisting single individuals, families, and veterans experiencing homelessness by providing emergency and transitional shelter and permanent supportive housing, as well as skill-building programs.

In addition, 30 AT&T volunteers joined forces with Cell Phones For Soldiers to paint Home Again’s men’s and family shelters, as well as provide veterans staying at the facility a warm meal.

For 10 years, Cell Phones For Soldiers has served as a lifeline for America’s bravest men and women in the Armed Forces. Extending a helping hand to other organizations, from cell phones to use for job searches to computers for communication with family, these tools assist in the fight to improve the lives of veterans. Veterans make up nearly 13 percent of the homeless population, proving there is still a lot of work ahead for these organizations.

Similar efforts will continue in Memphis, Tenn., on June 12th and Dallas on June 25th. Cell Phones For Soldiers and AT&T will assist the Memphis Veterans Affairs Medical Center and in Dallas the two organizations will assist the Union Gospel Mission.

For additional information visit www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com and also contact your nearest veterans organization for detailed drop-off points. In Mineral Wells, see Lee Downs at the VFW.

Speak to you again next week.

Jim Vines is commander of AmVets Post 133 in Mineral Wells.

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