FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 11, 2005
Jemarion Jones
(202) 639-6405

Patrick Russell
(605) 745-2080

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton to Speak at National Cell Phones for Soldiers Collection Day

Who: U.S. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, AFGE National Vice President Dwight Bowman and AFGE members

What: National Collection Day for AFGE-sponsored Cell Phones for Soldiers Program, an initiative to help soldiers deployed overseas afford the cost of making expensive international phone calls to relatives and loved ones

When: Friday, Oct 14, 2005, 9:30 to 10:15 a.m.

Where: Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Washington, D.C., 50 Irving Street, NW, Front lobby

Washington —After launching its Cell Phones for Soldiers (CPFS) pilot program in early August, the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is now expanding its version of the program nationally by holding a National Day of Collection at the Washington, D.C. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center. Through CPFS, participants can drop off used cell phones with attached batteries at designated drop-off sites. The donated phones will then be recycled for cash and used to purchase prepaid calling cards for soldiers who cannot afford to make costly long distance phone calls to relatives and loved ones in the United States.

Since the launch of the CPFS pilot program, AFGE locals have sponsored drop-off sites at VA medical centers across the country. The VA Medical Center in Washington, D.C., is one of the latest facilities to join the CPFS effort.

AFGE represents nearly 185,000 VA employees, many of whom are veterans.

For more information, please visit www.afge.org.

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