Donate Airline Miles to Help Military Personnel on Furlough–Truth!
Summary of 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 hometowns, however.
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.