During the 2004 holiday season, deployed troops steadily increased their phone usage at Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) phone centers positioned throughout Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom.
The increase in minutes used from October to November 2004 was a subtle 3 percent, but usage in December spiked 43 percent from 10.7 million minutes to 15.7 minutes logged.
Typically phone usage goes way up during the holidays. Deployments have magnified this in recent years and the general public has responded by sending thousands of Military Exchange Global Prepaid Phone cards. Americans seem to understand the importance of a phone call home during the holiday.
Numbers from AAFES’ “Help Our Troops Call Home” affirm that Americans don’t easily forget troops and their families left alone during the holidays. Last December, “Help Our Troops Call Home,” a program that allows anyone to send Military Exchange Global Prepaid Phone cards to deployed troops through www.aafes.org or 1-800-527-2345, brought in 42,384 phone cards for troops deployed in support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom.
“Help Our Troops Call Home” delivers an instant morale boost with phone cards that offer up to two hours of talk time for calls placed from any of AAFES’ 69 call centers in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan or Kuwait. Anyone can send a Military Exchange Global Prepaid Phone card by logging on to www.aafes.org and clicking on the “Help Our Troops Call Home” logo or calling 1-800-527-2345.