InComm Retailers, Verizon, USO Team Up

C-stores providing free phone calls to active-duty military personnel

Published in CSP Daily News

ATLANTA-- InComm retailers, Verizonand the USO are launching an initiative to let Americans demonstrate their appreciation for armed forces personnel serving America worldwide, just in time for the July 4 holiday. Participating InComm retailers include Casey's General Stores, Holiday StationStores, Jackson Food Stores, Kum & Go, Oasis Stop N Go LLC and Twin Stops.

From June 22 to July 4, consumer purchases of Verizon Prepaid Long Distance Phone Cards at participating local retailers will be matched by Verizon, on a minute-for-minute basis, and donated to active duty [image-nocss] personnel for international and domestic long-distance calling in the form of 100-minute prepaid calling cards. The cards will be distributed by the USO to U.S. military men and women worldwide, with an emphasis on serving deployed troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and throughout Southwest Asia, as well as to wounded soldiers who are returning home. Verizon will donate a minimum of 1 million minutes to the program.

"The prepaid calling cards continue to be a very useful way to keep our troops connected to their families, and we are excited to once again partner with Verizon and thank InComm retailers for providing their assistance," said Sloan Gibson, USO president and CEO. "With this support, the USO will continue to make a difference in the lives of our service men and women."

David Skogen, manager of Verizon's Prepaid Business Unit, said: "We are honored once again to create a win-win-win program for everyone involved, particularly the heroic men and women serving our country. By purchasing prepaid calling cards, consumers generate matching minutes for military men and women worldwide, which our friends at the USO deliver. These matching minutes enable our troops to stay in close touch with their friends and families and share news and developments with them, which is a critically important, morale-building benefit."

As a leading communications provider to the federal government, Verizon throughout the year makes technology and resources available to military personnel and their families around the world.

The USO (United Service Organizations) lifts the spirits of America's troops and their families. The USO is a nonprofit, charitable organization, relying on the generosity of the American people to support its programs and services. The USO is supported by Worldwide Strategic Partners AT&T Inc., BAE Systems, Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., Clear Channel Communications, The Coca-Cola Co., Gallery Furniture, S & K Sales Co. and TriWest Healthcare Alliance. Other corporate donors, including the United Way and Combined Federal Campaign, have joined millions of individual donors to support the USO.

Verizon Communications Inc., headquartered in New York City, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers.

Atlanta-based InComm is the industry leading marketer, distributor and technology innovator of stored-value gift and prepaid products using point-of-sale transaction technology and payment solutions. InComm is one of the nation's largest provider of gift cards, prepaid wireless products, reloadable debit cards, digital music downloads, content, games, software and bill payment solutions.

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