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VFW Operation Uplink - Free Call Days for 2012-2013

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Deployments are never easy, but thanks to the VFW and their morale-building program, Operation Uplink, deployed servicemembers and hospitalized veterans can make free phone calls on designated days to their loved ones back home.

About Operation Uplink

The VFW began the program in 1996 by dispersing phone cards to deployed servicemembers. However, due to the program's popularity, on Mother's Day in 2006, the VFW, with help from corporate sponsors such as Sports Clips and Harleysville Insurance, began hosting "Free Call Days."

Requesting Free Call Time

If you're a servicemember and would like to request free phone time, simply fill out the form that's located here. Once that's completed, a PIN will be sent to the military e-mail address you provided.

After receiving your PIN, you can make the free call from any Morale, Welfare, Recreation (MWR) SPAWAR Internet Cafe. The free call days for 2012-2013 are as follows (however they are subject to change):

September 2012

Date: Sunday, September 2 - Labor Day (Weekend)
Sponsor: Sport Clips

Date: Saturday, September 29 – VFW Day
Sponsor: VFW Ohio Charities

October 2012

Date: Sunday, October 7 – VFW Salutes the Armed Forces
Sponsor: Sport Clips

Date: Sunday, October 21 – VFW Salutes the Armed Forces
Sponsor: Sport Clips

November 2012

Date: Sunday, November 11 – Veterans Day
Sponsor: Sports Clips

Date: Thursday, November 22 – Thanksgiving Day
Sponsor: Harleysville Insurance

December 2012

Date: Sunday, December 2 – VFW Salutes the Armed Forces
Sponsor: Sports Clips

Date: Tuesday, December 25 – Christmas Day
Sponsor: Sports Clips

January 2013

Date: Tuesday, January 1 – New Years Day
Sponsor: Sports Clips

Date: Sunday, January 6 – VFW Salutes the Armed Forces
Sponsor: Sports Clips

Date: Sunday, January 20 – VFW Salutes the Armed Forces
Sponsor: Sports Clips

February 2013

Date: Sunday, February 3 – VFW Salutes the Armed Forces
Sponsor: Sports Clips

Date: Thursday, February 14 – Valentine's Day
Sponsor: Sports Clips

Date: Sunday, February 17 – VFW Salutes the Armed Forces
Sponsor: Sports Clips

March 2013

Date: Sunday, March 3 – VFW Salutes the Armed Forces
Sponsor: Sports Clips

Date: Sunday, March 17 – St. Patrick's Day
Sponsor: Sport Clips

Date: Sunday, March 31 – Easter
Sponsor: Sport Clips

April 2013

Date: Sunday, April 7 – VFW Salutes the Armed Forces
Sponsor: Sport Clips

Date: Sunday, April 14 – VFW Salutes the Armed Forces
Sponsor: Sport Clips

Date: Sunday, April 28 – VFW Salutes the Armed Forces
Sponsor: Sport Clips

May 2013

Date: Sunday, May 5 – VFW Salutes the Armed Forces
Sponsor: Sports Clips

Date: Sunday, May 12 – Mother's Day
Sponsor: Ladies Auxiliary to the VFW

Date: Sunday, May 26 – Memorial Day
Sponsor: Sport Clips

June 2013

Date: Sunday, June 2 – VFW Salutes the Armed Force
Sponsor: Sport Clips

Date: Sunday, June 16 – Father's Day
Sponsor: Sport Clips

Date: Sunday, June 30 – VFW Salutes the Armed Force
Sponsor: Sport Clips

July 2013

Date: Thursday, July 4 – Independence Day
Sponsor: Sport Clips

Date: Sunday, July 14 – VFW Salutes the Armed Forces
Sponsor: Sport Clips

Date: Sunday, July 21 – VFW Salutes the Armed Forces
Sponsor: Sport Clips

August 2013

Date: Sunday, August 4 – VFW Salutes the Armed Forces
Sponsor: Sport Clips

Date: Sunday, August 18 – VFW Salutes the Armed Forces
Sponsor: Sport Clips

Date: Sunday, August 25 – VFW Salutes the Armed Forces
Sponsor: Sport Clips

About the VFW

The VFW, which is the acronym for Veterans of Foreign Wars, is a wonderful organization that's comprised of veterans who participated in overseas conflicts. Currently there are approximately 2.1 million VFW members.

Additional details about the VFW's rich history, which dates back to 1899, are located here. If you would like to learn about joining the VFW, you may find that information here.

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