VFW Operation Uplink

Brittany Kuecker is a student at South Dakota State University (SDSU), where she is working towards a bachelor’s degree while working at a hotel. A member of the Florence/New Helgen Lutheran Church, Brittany Kuecker is also a life member of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).

Established in 1914, the Ladies Auxiliary aims to serve U.S. army veterans in honor of the sacrifices that men and women in uniform have made on behalf of the country. Members support veterans and their families through fundraising and a range of volunteer and educational programs and activities. The Ladies Auxiliary is a proud supporter of the VFW Operation Uplink, a calling program that helps deployed military service members stay in touch with loved ones at home for free. The program began by providing calling cards to deployed troops and moved on eventually to hosting Free Call Days.

On Free Call Days, deployed service members can make free phone calls to the United States and other home-base locations. Since its 2006 inception, Free Call Days through Operation Uplink have provided service members with more than 7.3 million free phone connections. Donations from VFW and Ladies Auxiliary members, corporate sponsors, and private donors support the program.