Barrar Coordinates Efforts to Keep Overseas Troops in Touch with Home and Remind Them of Our Gratitude
3/4/2011

Rep. Barrar coordinated an effort to collect 450 pre-paid calling cards donated from AT&T to send to troops serving overseas.  The phone cards will be distributed along with letters from local Boy Scout troops and ROTC members who wrote encouraging messages to the soldiers.

Through an effort coordinated by Rep. Stephen E. Barar (R-Chester/Delaware), majority chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, members of the Pennsylvania National Guard who are serving overseas will receive pre-paid phone cards from AT&T, along with words of appreciation and encouragement from local youth. 

“It is wonderful to be able to do something that will have an emotional impact on the men and women serving our nation overseas,” said Barrar.  “We have an obligation to continually let them know that their sacrifices are valued and remembered, and that they will be welcomed home with open arms.” 

Barrar, a Vietnam War veteran who served in the U.S. Navy, noted that the pre-paid phone cards will allow soldiers to stay in touch with friends and family at home, which is important for morale and the emotional health of troops. 

“I commend the efforts of the Boy Scouts in Representative Barrar’s district for sending letters of support and phone cards donated by AT&T to our service members overseas,” said Maj. Gen. Wesley Craig, acting adjutant general, Pennsylvania National Guard.  “The phone cards will help them keep in touch with their loved ones, but more importantly these efforts are a clear sign to our service members that our citizens have them in their thoughts and prayers.” 

AT&T provided 450 pre-paid phone cards.  The youth who participated in writing notes to the troops were from the Sun Valley ROTC; Troop 31, Chadds Ford; Troop 142, Unionville; Troop 191, Booth’s Corner; Troop 225, Green Ridge Aston; and Troop 292, Aston. 

“At AT&T, a long-standing mission of ours is helping connect military families with their friends and loved ones back home.” said David Kerr, AT&T’s regional vice president for Pennsylvania.  “We want to thank Chairman Barrar for his leadership in coordinating this donation and involving future leaders in Pennsylvania, the Boy Scouts.”  Kerr also thanked the PA Department of Military and Veterans Affairs for its help in delivering the calling cards to the troops overseas. 

“I thank AT&T and all the young people who participated in this effort,” said Barrar.  “It will really mean something to our servicemen and servicewomen to know they are in the thoughts and prayers of those at home.  With all the obstacles and difficulties they face, reading these letters and receiving a phone card could truly make the day of a soldier.” 

State Representative Steve Barrar
160th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact:  Nicole Wamsley
nwamsley@pahousegop.com
717.783.8063
SteveBarrar.com
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