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U.S. Troops Make 35,000 Free Calls Home Thanks to Harleysville Insurance

During this year’s 24-hour Thanksgiving holiday, members of U.S. Armed Forces stationed in Afghanistan and Kuwait made 35,602 telephone calls to loved ones back home from 600 military Internet cafés located in the two countries...
December 12, 2012

During this year’s 24-hour Thanksgiving holiday, members of U.S. Armed Forces stationed in Afghanistan and Kuwait made 35,602 telephone calls to loved ones back home from 600 military Internet cafés located in the two countries. The event was made possible by a donation from Harleysville Insurance and its more than 1,300 independent insurance agents.

This marked the sixth consecutive year that Harleysville and its agents have teamed up to provide U.S. service members in the Middle East with free phone calls through the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ Operation Uplink™ program. It was the fifth year in a row that Harleysville sponsored a Thanksgiving Free Call Day, and the company plans to do so again in 2013.

As they began their calls on Thanksgiving Day, troops were greeted by the voice of Harleysville President and Chief Operating Officer Michael Browne. “Happy Thanksgiving! Harleysville Insurance and our independent insurance agents are pleased to partner with the Veterans of Foreign Wars to provide you with free calls to the U.S. and to landlines in other U.S. home base locations,” said Browne in his message. “Thank you for your service to America!”

One of the troops who heard Browne’s greeting was a U.S. Army medic stationed in Kuwait who sent the following email to Harleysville upon completing his call home on Thanksgiving Day: “Thank you so much for sponsoring a free calling day in the Internet cafés on my U.S. Army Base. You guys made it possible for me to talk to everybody at my family's Thanksgiving table.”

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