AT&T will donate more than 30,000 prepaid phone cards in 2008 to military personnel stationed overseas with the help of the USO. The donation, with a retail value of more than $200,000, will begin with the first 10,000 prepaid cards given out at overseas military bases throughout Iraq, Kuwait, Afghanistan, South Korea, Japan, Spain, Italy and Germany during the weeks surrounding Mother’s Day.
According to AT&T, this donation is in honor of U.S. military moms, whether they are on active duty or whether they have a son, daughter, husband or loved one who is actively serving.
In the coming weeks, the USO will help AT&T distribute the first 10,000 phone cards to troops, including personally handing cards to wounded military members at Landsthul Regional Medical Center. Each donated phone card will provide military members with 20 minutes of free talk time from Iraq to the U.S.
The company also recently provided a $315,000 sponsorship to support USO events and entertainment tours in 2008.
“At AT&T, we care about helping to keep military families connected,” said Glenn Lurie, president, national distribution, AT&T. “We’re glad to do what we can to help moms connect with their loved ones — whether mom is receiving the call here at home — or making the call here as an active military member overseas or across the country. We hope these donated cards will help to make the weeks surrounding Mother’s Day a little more special for the families separated by active duty.”