CompTIA Mobility Community Teams with Cell Phones for Soldiers to Help Troops Stay in Touch With Families



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CompTIA Mobility Community Teams with Cell Phones for Soldiers to Help

Troops Stay in Touch With Families

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill., March 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The

Mobility Community of CompTIA, the leading non-profit association for

the information technology (IT) industry, is teaming with Cell Phones

for Soldiers to make it easier for United States service members

stationed overseas to stay in touch with family and friends back home.

The CompTIA Mobility Community has challenged association members to

donate old and used cell phones to Cell Phones for Soldiers, a

non-profit organization that provides pre-paid calling cards to U.S.

military personnel abroad so they can call home without calling

collect. Since 2004, Cell Phones for Soldiers' has made more than 204

million minutes of free talk time available to U.S. troops.

"We are pleased to partner with Cell Phones for Soldiers as a way to

honor the dedicated men and women who serve our country," said Heather

Murray, vice president, Tech Data Mobile Solutions and chair of

CompTIA's Mobility Community. "By providing free communication for our

troops so they can connect with loved ones while serving overseas,

CompTIA is offering encouragement and support in a time of need. I

encourage all members of the CompTIA community to participate at the

Annual Member Meeting next month."

"This initiative focuses on social responsibility and the

environmental impact of technology, both of which are core values of

CompTIA," said Susan Krautbauer, executive vice president, Veterans

Alliance Resourcing, Inc., and member of the CompTIA Mobility

Community executive community. "That's why this effort has been

embraced by other member communities and organizations within the

association."

The cell phone collection drive will culminate at the CompTIA Annual

Member MeetingApril 1-3 at the Rancho Bernardo Inn in San Diego.

Cell Phones for Soldiers was founded in 2004 by teenagers Robbie and

Brittany Bergquist of Norwell, Mass., with $21 of their own money.

Funds raised by the registered 501c3 non-profit organization from the

recycling of cellular phones are used to purchase prepaid

international calling cards.

Partnering with Cell Phones for Soldiers is the latest example of how

CompTIA and its members support America's military personnel and

veterans.

CompTIA's Troops to Tech Careers program offers veterans a way to hone

their existing talents and fill in any gaps through training and

certification in the IT skills most sought after by employers. CompTIA

is a participant in the White House's IT Training and Certification

Program, a public-private partnership that will enable thousands of

service members to earn industry-recognized IT certifications before

they transition from military service; and the U.S. Tech Vets

initiative. CompTIA also participates in the Department of Defense

Information Assurance Program and contributes to the Wounded Warriors

Project through its foundation, Creating IT Futures.

To learn more about the CompTIA Mobility Community and other groups

visit CompTIA Communities.

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