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Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Join AT&T
to Host ‘It’s a Great Day to Love a Veteran’ Event
Legislators and Veterans Affairs Secretary Scocos Join AT&T in Recording Video Messages for Veterans and Hosting Cell Phones for Soldiers Collection Drive
MADISON, Thursday, February 14, 2013
A bipartisan group of lawmakers teamed up today with AT&T andthe Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs
to host a special ―It’s a Great Day to Love a Veteran‖ event at theState Capitol in support of our nation’s veterans and active military personnel.
All legislators and their staff were invited to attend the event and tape a special video message to support and
thank our country’s veterans as part of AT&T’s ―Love a Vet‖ project. AT&T launched the ongoing project last
Veterans Day to honor the service and sacrifices of our veterans.The event was co-hosted by Assembly Majority Leader Scott Suder (R-Abbotsford), Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha), Senator Leah Vukmir (R-Wauwatosa), and Senator Mark Miller (D-Monona), inpartnership with AT&T and Veterans Affairs Secretary John Scocos.
―Our veterans have made incredible sacrifices to def
end our country and our freedoms. Recording a personal
message of thanks is the least we can do to thank them,‖ said Rep. Suder, a former member of Wisconsin’s 115
Fighter Wing who served three tours in the Middle East
. ―We’re proud to join forces to h
onor and support
America’s heroes.‖Veterans will be able to view the videos on AT&T’s ―Love a Vet‖ Youtube playlist at
―Our country owes a debt of gratitude to our veterans that can never be repaid,‖ said Rep. Barca. ―But we can all
show our deep appreciation for their service and sacrifice by recording a simple message of thanks through the
Love a Vet project.‖
―We are proud to join with legislative leaders and AT&T to support our veterans and their families,‖ said SecretaryScocos. ―Th
is project is a great way to recognize, honor and thank our veterans for their tremendous sacrificesand self
less service to our country.‖ At today’s event, attendees were also encouraged to drop off their old cell phones in support of Cell Phones for
Soldiers. The charity uses recycling proceeds to buy and send free phone cards to military members overseas.
―Donating our old cell phones is a simple and easy way to support our military members and show our gratitudefor their service,‖ said
ler, a former pilot with the Wisconsin Air National Guard. ―This is a great program
that not only honors our troops, but also helps keep
our military families connected across long distances.‖
Cell Phones for Soldiers was founded in 2004 by then teenagers Brittany and Robbie Bergquist as a way for military families serving overseas to keep in touch with family back home. With the support of AT&T and cellphone donations by its customers, the charity has generated more than $3 million to help connect militarymembers to their families back home.