‘Freedom Calls’ Helps Deployed Troops Connect with Family

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‘Freedom Calls’ Helps Deployed Troops Connect with Family


A non-profit organization is building a communications network dedicated to keeping deployed troops in touch with family back home, all at no cost to the troops or their families. Freedom Calls Foundation has helped military parents in Iraq attend graduations and meet new children. It has even allowed…

     a couple get married, despite the fact that he was in Colorado and she was in Iraq. It also allowed troops in Iraq to cheer the Philadelphia Flyers Hockey team live during game 6 of the 2004 NHL playoffs — all via videoconferencing. Founded by John B. Harlow II and Edward Bukstel on Aug. 12, 2003, after military personnel requested assistance in setting up a communications network for troops overseas, FCF is supported by private and corporate donations. The foundation began operating Sept. 26, 2003. FCF has been operating in Iraq at Camp Cooke for about five months. Daily, 1,500 troops file through the FCF facility and are able to chat briefly with their loved ones.

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