Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006 | 11:18 pm | Administrator

Frequent Flier Miles for Troops

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Operation Hero Miles is a project of Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger of Maryland. It’s a very simple idea that has very large impact on the lives of our soldiers serving overseas. Moreover, as of last falls legislative session, it’s also a law, written into the latest Defense Appropriations Bill.

Originally set-up in 2003 to help soldiers with airfare for R&R activities after the first offensive in Iraq, the program has recently switched its focus on providing tickets for family emergency situations. Not that R&R isn’t important, but the Bill mentioned above set money aside to handle this portion of the Operation Hero Miles program.

Current participating airlines include Alaska Airlines, America West Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Northwest Airlines and United Air Lines. If you maintain a frequent flier account with any of these carriers, and you think that you may not be using it for some time, you may consider turning it over to this effort. You don’t get a tax deduction, but you get to help military families in need and receive a lifetime of knowing you did good.

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