ATLANTA, GA — Verizon Wireless will culminate their season-long effort to bring Georgia’s military families closer to loved ones overseas by donating $15,000 to Operation Homefront Georgia during halftime at the December 27 game against the New Orleans Saints. The grant, given through the Verizon Foundation, will support Operation Homefront Georgia’s REACH project, which helps provide crisis intervention assistance and counseling for military families at Ft. Benning.
As part of the halftime “Salute to the Armed Forces,” 30 members from each of the five branches of the military will march in formation, giveaways will be parachuted into the crowd and shout-outs from Falcons players to the troops will be broadcast on the stadium’s big screen.
“We are proud to support Operation Homefront Georgia’s tireless work on behalf of Georgia’s military families,” said Jeff Mango, president – Georgia/Alabama Region, Verizon Wireless. “The daily sacrifices these families make as their loved ones protect and serve our great country often go unrecognized, and to them we offer our deepest gratitude.”
“Verizon Wireless has been a notable supporter of our efforts throughout the year,” said Kim Scofi, Executive Director of Operation Homefront Georgia. “This generous donation from the Verizon Foundation is already being put to good use helping local families. We thank Verizon Wireless and the Atlanta Falcons for putting a much-deserved spotlight, tonight and throughout the season, on the Armed Forces and their loved ones.”
As the official wireless provider for the Atlanta Falcons, Verizon Wireless works closely with the organization to support their on the field and off the field initiatives. Operation Homefront Georgia provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of Georgia’s service members and wounded warriors.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s fastest and most advanced 4G network and largest and most reliable 3G network, and serves more than 93 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 80,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
About The Verizon Foundation
The Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon Communications, supports the advancement of literacy and K-12 education through its free educational website, Verizon Thinkfinity (www.thinkfinity.org), and fosters awareness and prevention of domestic violence. In 2009, the Verizon Foundation awarded $67.9 million in grants to nonprofit agencies in the U.S. and abroad. It also matched the charitable donations of Verizon employees and retirees, resulting in $26.1 million in combined contributions to nonprofits. Through Verizon Volunteers, one of the nation’s largest employee volunteer programs, Verizon employees and retirees have volunteered more than 5 million hours of community service since 2000. For more information on the foundation, visit www.verizonfoundation.org.