When VFW national junior vice commander John Smart presents an oversized prepaid phone card to the Fisher House Foundation, Inc. today, it will be symbolic of the VFW commitment to the Fisher House program – a commitment to provide every family staying at a Fisher House with 20 units of free long distance dialing.
That commitment is part of “Operation Uplink,” an innovative program through which the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. and its Ladies Auxiliary provide courtesy calling cards to hospitalized service men and women, veterans, and their families. The program is supported by VFW and Ladies Auxiliary posts and individual donors. The program also supports members of the armed forces serving overseas, enabling them to keep in touch with their loved ones at home.
The Fisher House program is the single largest recipient of the prepaid calling cards. Throughout 1997 and 1998, the VFW will donate to the program more than 5,000 cards, with a retail value in excess of $50,000. This will enable managers to give a card to every family staying at a Fisher House.
The partnership between the VFW and Fisher House program was a natural. The VFW program had an objective to provide the cards to those with the greatest need. The Fisher House program was established to assist families of service men and women and veterans at the most stressful time – upon the hospitalization of a loved one. In the words of VFW assistant adjutant general for marketing Ron Browning, “It is a true win-win relationship, and the winners are the members of the armed forces, veterans and their families. It is their dedicated service to our nation we wish to recognize and reward.”Details