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Verizon Business Helps Troops Call Home From Iraq

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BASKING RIDGE, N.J. - Verizon Business, in a continuing effort to help military families and loved ones remain connected, today announced it is providing free phone calls for the weeks around the spring and summer holidays for U.S. military personnel stationed in Iraq. As the major communications provider to the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of State, Verizon Business will be providing both the free calls and Internet access for the U.S. Armed Forces personnel for Easter and Passover, April 11 - 17; Mother's Day in the United States, May 9 - 16; Father's Day in the United States, June 13 - 20; and U.S. Independence Day, June 28 - July 7.

"For our troops far from home, nothing is more comforting than to hear the sound of a loved one's voice,'' said Jerry Edgerton, group president for federal government and system integrators at Verizon Business. "Verizon Business is proud to support the women and men stationed abroad making daily sacrifices for our country. We want to help them stay connected with loved ones at home - whether it's calling mom on Mother's Day or on the 4th of July.''

Verizon Business has established a tradition over the last three years of connecting military families with free holiday calling.

Verizon Business has deployed to Iraq a state-of-the-art mobile communications facility outfitted with phones and Internet connectivity, enabling military personnel to make calls and send e-mail. Throughout the year, Verizon Business makes technology, resources and employee support available to military personnel and their families around the world, including donations of pre-paid calling cards to U.S. troops traveling, stationed or recuperating in the United States and to their families.

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