Ruppersberger Announces that NASCAR & MBNA are Teaming Up to Support Our Troops Join "Operation Hero Miles"
Washington, DC - Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Maryland) is proud to announce that NASCAR and MBNA America Bank are teaming up to support our troops and have joined "Operation Hero Miles". Two race cars sponsored by MBNA will proudly display the "Operation Hero Miles" logo and website, www.heromiles.org, this weekend at the NASCAR races at the Homestead-Miami Speedway.
The No. 18 Interstate Batteries/MBNA Chevrolet driven by Bobby Labonte will display the logo at Sunday's Ford 400 Winston Cup race and the No. 18 MBNA Chevrolet driven by Coy Gibbs will display the logo at Saturday's Ford 300 Busch race.
"NASCAR and MBNA are pacing 'Operation Hero Miles' to the front of the pack. The support of the MBNA America Bank and the NASCAR family is truly amazing and will help fly our troops home for free. This partnership will make every soldier feel like the points leader in the championship," said Congressman Ruppersberger.
60 Million frequent flyer miles have been donated to "Operation Hero Miles" since Congressman Ruppersberger created the program on October 21, 2003. Travelers have donated 25 million miles and the seven participating airlines - American Airlines, United Airlines, Delta Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Air Tran Airways, and Pan Am/Boston - Maine Airways - have donated 35 million miles. This means that 2300 troops on R & R or emergency leave from Iraq, Afghanistan, and around the world can receive free plane tickets for flights home. That is more than 100 free tickets a day since the program was created three weeks ago.
The soldiers who have been granted two weeks of R & R are flown to Baltimore Washington International Airport, Hartsfield International Airport in Atlanta, GA, and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in Texas by the Department of Defense and then required to pay their own way to make connecting flights to their hometowns all across the country.
Additional information about how to donate frequent flyer miles can be found on the web site, www.heromiles.org.