As the largest organization of combat veterans, VFW knows the importance of keeping military families in touch. That’s why in 1996 VFW launched the VFW Operation Uplink™ program – the premiere calling program for deployed service members that provides free phone time to active-duty military personnel and hospitalized veterans. Operation Uplink initially provided calling cards to deployed and hospitalized troops, but on Mother’s Day 2006, due to the growing popularity of the program and thanks to the generosity of corporate donors like Sport Clips and Harleysville Insurance, the program began hosting “Free Call Days.”
The program is the only one of its kind, providing at least three designated days each month when deployed service members making phone calls from their Morale, Welfare & Recreation (MWR) center or military DSN line to the U.S., and other home base location land lines, are greeted by a recording which states the call will be free, courtesy of Operation Uplink. VFW and Ladies Auxiliary members, as well as other caring citizens, generously support the program. Since its start in 2006, Free Call Days have provided more than 7 million free connections for service members and their families. The VFW is proud of Operation Uplink because it provides an easy way for individuals and organizations to make an immediate difference in the lives of active-duty military personnel.