Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Join AT&T to Host ‘It’s a Great Day to Love a Veteran’ Event

Feb 15, 2013

Legislators and Veterans Affairs Secretary Scocos Join AT&T in Recording Video

Messages for Veterans and Hosting Cell Phones for Soldiers Collection Drive


MADISON,Thursday, February 14, 2013 — A bipartisan group of lawmakers teamed up today with AT&T and the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs to host a special “It’s a Great Day to Love a Veteran” event at the State Capitol in support of our nation’s veterans and active military personnel.

All legislators and their staff were invited to attend the event and tape a special video message to support and thank our country’s veterans as part of AT&T’s “Love a Vet” project.  AT&T launched the ongoing project last Veterans Day to honor the service and sacrifices of our veterans. 

The event was co-hosted by Assembly Majority Leader Scott Suder (R-Abbotsford), Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha), Senator Leah Vukmir (R-Wauwatosa), and Senator Mark Miller (D-Monona), in partnership with AT&T and Veterans Affairs Secretary John Scocos.

“Our veterans have made incredible sacrifices to defend our country and our freedoms.  Recording a personal message of thanks is the least we can do to thank them,” said Rep. Suder, a former member of Wisconsin’s 115thFighter Wing who served three tours in the Middle East.  “We’re proud to join forces to honor and support America’s heroes.”

Veterans will be able to view the videos on AT&T’s “Love a Vet” Youtube playlist at www.att.com/loveavet.  Wisconsin residents interested in sending their own heartfelt message of thanks can simply record a short 30 second video and send the file to loveavet@att.com.

“Our country owes a debt of gratitude to our veterans that can never be repaid,” said Rep. Barca.  “But we can all show our deep appreciation for their service and sacrifice by recording a simple message of thanks through the Love a Vet project.”

“We are proud to join with legislative leaders and AT&T to support our veterans and their families,” said Secretary Scocos.  “This project is a great way to recognize, honor and thank our veterans for their tremendous sacrifices and selfless service to our country.” 

 At today’s event, attendees were also encouraged to drop off their old cell phones in support of Cell Phones for Soldiers.  The charity uses recycling proceeds to buy and send free phone cards to military members overseas. 

“Donating our old cell phones is a simple and easy way to support our military members and show our gratitude for their service,” said Sen. Miller, a former pilot with the Wisconsin Air National Guard.  “This is a great program that not only honors our troops, but also helps keep our military families connected across long distances.”

Cell Phones for Soldiers was founded in 2004 by then teenagers Brittany and Robbie Bergquist as a way for military families serving overseas to keep in touch with family back home.  With the support of AT&T and cell phone donations by its customers, the charity has generated more than $3 million to help connect military members to their families back home.

“With a son in the military, I know how important it is both for those deployed and for family back home to be able to stay in contact with their loved ones,” said Sen. Vukmir.  “I encourage everyone with old cell phones to donate them to the cause and help provide our troops with free calls home.” 

Wisconsin residents can join the cause and donate old cell phones through three simple and free ways:

  1. Donate old cell phones at anyAT&T storelocated in Wisconsin
  2. Visit theCell Phones for Soldiers websiteto locate a drop-off location near you; or
  3. Print off a free shipping label by visiting theCell Phones for Soldiers websiteand mail in your old phones.

“As a company, AT&T is committed to showing our support for our troops and our veterans each and every day,” said Scott VanderSanden, president of AT&T Wisconsin.  “We are very proud to join with legislative leaders to record messages of thanks to our veterans and help our heroes stay connected with home.”

When submitting a video, Wisconsin residents are asked adhere to the following guidelines:

• Original videos only
• Keep videos short, max 30 seconds
• If you mention someone other than yourself, please use their first name only.
• No music
• No third-party brands or logos
• Avoid having others filmed in the background
• No alcohol, drug, or tobacco in photos or videos
• No profanity/obscenity
• No mentions of third parties
• Do not shoot in front of recognizable buildings, landmarks, or pieces of art
• Please do not upload anything that may infringe on any third party's copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, privacy, publicity, or other intellectual property rights.
• AT&T reserves the right to reject your submission if it is deemed inappropriate for the AT&T Love a Vet video campaign.

For more information, contact:

Jessica Erickson, AT&T Public Affairs

O: 608-282-7870

C: 608-692-5340



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