November 12, 2015


Union Gospel MissionDALLAS (Nov. 11, 2015) – On Nov. 11 as the country celebrates Veterans Day, Cell Phones For Soldiers and AT&T continued its mission of connecting America’s bravest to the people they love and to the opportunities they deserve.

Cell Phones For Soldiers, a national nonprofit focused on the communication needs of troops and veterans, and long-time supporter AT&T donated 200 calling cards and cellphones with one year of AT&T service to veterans staying at the Union Gospel Mission in Dallas.

In addition to the needed communication tools, more than 40 volunteers prepared and served meals for the veteran residents and assisted with facility tasks, such as cleaning, painting and gardening.

Since 1949, the Union Gospel Mission has provided housing services to homeless veterans, supporting up to 54 at a time.

“We had the honor of working with Union Gospel Mission in 2014 and saw firsthand the tremendous work they do with veterans,” said Robbie Bergquist, co-founder of Cell Phones For Soldiers. “These communication tools are truly a lifeline to reconnect with family and provide a veteran with a personal phone number for potential employers to call.”

“Our Veterans have our deepest gratitude for the service they have given on behalf of all Americans and those around the world that love freedom,” said William Thompson, Executive Director of the Union Gospel Mission of Dallas. “We must be sure to make available to them the best we have to offer.  The ability to connect by phone to loved ones, jobs, well-deserved benefits and future opportunity is one small expression of our appreciation.  God bless our Vets!”

AT&T is committed to serving the communities where it operates, and in 2014 alone, employees and retirees volunteered more than 5.6 million hours of time in their communities. Since 2007, AT&T, the AT&T Foundation and AT&T’s customers have donated more than $4.6 million to support Cell Phones For Soldiers.

For 11 years, Cell Phones For Soldiers has served as a lifeline for America’s bravest. Its Helping Heroes Home program provides one-time emergency needs to help veterans transition to post-combat life. From cellphones to use for job searches, to computers for communication with family, these tools assist in the fight to improve the lives of veterans.

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Media Contacts:

Erin McCloskey                                                                       Adriana Bernal

Cell Phones For Soldiers                                                         AT&T Public Affairs

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(336) 207-5222                                                                                   (512) 457-2380


Cell Phones For Soldiers is a national nonprofit 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 216 million “Minutes That Matter” to servicemen and women. Since 2012, “Helping Heroes Home” has provided emergency funds for more than 2,800 veterans to alleviate communication challenges as well as physical, emotional and assimilation hardships. For more information, visit, Facebook, TwitterGoogle+Pinterest

 About Community Engagement at AT&T

At AT&T, Community Engagement means engaging our employees to build healthy, connected and thriving communities where we live and do business. Employees are focused on three key issues: improving educational outcomes, building sustainable communities and promoting the responsible use of technology. Last year, AT&T employees and retirees volunteered more than 5.6 million hours of time in community outreach activities worth more than $126 million and pledged more than $36 million for charities of their choice through employee giving. Employees also committed to more than 47,000 sustainable choices through Do One Thing (DOT), which invites employees to make small, everyday choices that add up to a big positive impact for themselves, the community and/or the company.



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