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Donate Airline Miles
to Help Military Personnel on Furlough-Truth!
Summary of the eRumor The eRumor says you can
donate air miles to help military personnel make connections to
their hometowns while on furlough.
This one is true.
During the Iraq war, military personnel were being given two-week
furloughs that involved free flights to several major airports.
They were on their own for connections from there to their
When congress initially failed to include funds for military
personnel to pay for connecting flights, Congressman Dutch
Ruppersberger of Maryland started "Operation Hero Miles"
to encourage donations of air miles for that purpose.
Fund have now been set aside by Congress for this purpose, but
probably not enough to help all of those who will be traveling.
Several members of congress, entertainment companies, businesses,
and airlines have donated free miles.
For more details, CLICK
HERE for the Operation
Hero Miles website.
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
-- HELP GET THE TROOPS HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Soldiers stationed in Iraq are granted two-week leaves in the
R & R program since Vietnam. It doesn't cost them a dime to
to their hometown, so long as home is near where the military jets
land--Baltimore, Dallas or Atlanta. If a soldier has to take
flight to his or her hometown, they have to purchase the ticket,
is often a high-priced last-minute fare.
Now, Congress provided funding for this purpose in November. The
problem? The funding is not available yet. And they're not sure
there's enough to cover all the troops. What can you do to help a
soldier get home for the holidays? Donate your frequent flyer
Seven airlines will accept your patriotic donation. There's more
information at: http://www.heromiles.org/
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