You Can Support Our Troops Through “Operation Touch of Home,” Our Phone Card and Deflated Soccer Ball Collection Drive

March 10, 2009: Senator Larry Farnese Joins Major General Jessica Wright in a Salute to Afghanistan War Veterans.

Saturday, May 15, 2010 marks Armed Forces Day, a day first observed on May 20, 1950 as a means of expressing the unification of all the military forces under a single department of the government— the Department of Defense.

As Minority Chair of the Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, I ask that all of you unite with me in remembering and honoring all who have served our country and are now bravely serving our country around the world.

This year, my office is joining forces with the Philadelphia USO and the Philadelphia Union Soccer Team to support our troops via “Operation Taste of Home.” We are collecting deflated soccer balls and phone cards—any type and any amount— to send to our soldiers between May 17, 2010 and July 4, 2010. Our soldiers and their families really appreciate the phone cards because it means they can stay in touch with their families and loved ones during their tour of duty.

The soccer balls are a great ‘ice-breaker,’ a way for our troops to make friends with children in other countries.

My office will serve as a collection site, and we will then forward your phone cards and soccer balls to our troops.

Our District Office is located at 1802 South Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19145. For more information, contact us by phone at 215-952-3121.

I am also proud to be a co-sponsor for resolutions in the Senate for Armed Forces Week, May 9 to May 15 and Armed Forces Day, always the third Saturday in May. And as we prepare for Memorial Day, this month is an ideal time to join me in showing our troops how much their service means to us and how much we appreciate them.

(Please note that the office will be closed on Primary Election Day, May 18, 2010.)

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