Jones, AT&T deliver free phone cards to MI active duty military families

LANSING — Military families from the Lansing area will stay better connected with their loved ones stationed overseas thanks to 150 free phone cards made available by AT&T and announced by state Sen. Rick Jones to the Grand Ledge Armory.

The Grand Ledge Armory serves military families in Clinton, Eaton, Ingham, Livingston and Shiawassee counties.

“Every day members of our military put their lives on the line for us. Making these free AT&T calling cards available to their families will help them stay in touch,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “I’m proud to work with AT&T on such an important and worthwhile project.”

In total, 1,000 phone cards were presented to active duty members of the military and their families today at armories across Michigan.

“Families across the state will stay better connected with their loved ones serving our nation overseas thanks to these phone cards,” said Family Assistance Coordinator Justin Dyess from Michigan’s Joint Forces Headquarters in Lansing. “We are grateful to lawmakers and companies like AT&T for their continuing support of our armed forces.”

AT&T President Jim Murray added: “For those of us at home, it’s impossible to imagine the reality faced by our troops each day. Helping them stay in touch with their families is just a small way of saying ‘thank you’ for all they do. These AT&T phone cards will keep them connected no matter where overseas they’re serving, from Kuwait to Iraq and Afghanistan.”

Since the onset of hostilities in the Middle East, AT&T has donated more than $6 million in prepaid phone cards to U.S. troops.

Calling cards were also presented this week to Camp Grayling as well as Michigan armories in Jackson, Ishpeming, Sault Ste. Marie, Taylor and Wyoming.