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Help Us Provide a Lifeline for America's Bravest This Veterans Day

Oct 26, 2020, 01:00 AM
Provide a Lifeline for America's Bravest This Veterans Day

Each year, Veterans Day reminds us of all the brave men and women who have fought (and continue to fight) for freedom on our behalf. While we can never fully thank them for their countless sacrifices, US Eagle plans to honor these men and women by participating in the Cell Phones for Soldiers program. 

What is Cell Phones for Soldiers?

For more than 369,000 troops serving overseas, making a call home is costly and a rarity for many. At the age of 12 and 13, Robbie and Brittany Bergquist heard the story of a soldier returning from Iraq with nearly an $8,000 phone bill. They couldn’t believe a man serving his country was not able to call his family for free. That’s when they decided to do something about it – that’s when they created Cell Phone for Soldiers with just $21 and some help from their parents. Now over 15 years later, Cell Phones for Soldiers remains a family-run non-profit organization with a commitment to serving those who serve our country by providing FREE communication tools to each branch of the United States Military.

How Can You Help?

This Veterans Day, help us sponsor a heart-felt call today by donating your unwanted cell phone at one of the following US Eagle branch locations through Tuesday, November 10th

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Do the donated items have to work?

A: No.

Q: Is my donation tax-deductible?

A: Cell Phones for Soldiers is 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which means your donation may be deductible for income tax purposes. If you would like a donation receipt, please download and print the form located on the Cell Phone for Soldiers website, complete it and keep it for your records.

Q: Are the donated phones sent directly to troops?

A: No, doing so is not a viable option because, first and foremost, cell phones can be security hazards for military members in combat zones. Additionally, the cost of international cell phones calls is cost-prohibitive. Instead the proceeds from donated phones fund prepaid calling cards for troops using their approved phones.

Q: What does Cell Phones for Soldiers do with the donated items?

A: Devices are either sold to an electronic refurbisher or recycler. Once received it is data wiped and checked to see if it is repairable. A repairable device is sold to a refurbisher who repairs and resells the item. Devices that are too old or completely broken are sold to recyclers who strip the devices of salvageable components and/or rare metals and then responsibly recycle the remaining parts. The proceeds from the process are used to purchase prepaid international calling cards for troops or to provide emergency funding to veterans.

Q: Is there a way to erase personal data before donating?

A: Yes, remove the SIM card if applicable or search for your devices model options to be factory reset. If you cannot factory reset the device, do not worry. The recycling partner is R@:2013 (Responsible Recycling) and NAID AAA certified (National Assoc. of Information Destruction) and follows the Department of Defense standards for wiping hard drives and devices.

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