For civilians without a family member or close friend in service, it can be easy to forget that our military is still actively engaged in a global war on terror.
In the years following the September 11, 2001 attacks, and the subsequent entry of the United States military into Iraq and Afghanistan, we saw regular news stories about developments in those regions; now, well over a decade later, the war has turned into background noise for many people. Battle deaths are relegated to local news stories, powerful wins against ISIS are fodder for political debates only.
We must resist that thinking. Even if you don’t personally know someone who is deployed, please remember that more than 1 million Americans in uniform are deployed all over the world. They need our support, even when we don’t see their stories on the news.
You can help those troops stay in touch with their families and friends at home by donating to Cell Phones For Soldiers. We use cash donations and the income from recycling your donated cell phones and mobile devices to purchase calling cards for men and women in service. To date, we have given more than 350 million minutes of free talk time.
The families of these men and women don’t have the luxury of forgetting about the war. They live it every day, and they deserve to hear from their loved ones without worrying about cost or security risks.
The need remains. Last year, we averaged sending 4,000 calling cards per week. Please help us continue our mission to provide a lifeline for America’s bravest and donate to Cell Phones For Soldiers today. Cell Phones For Soldiers is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.