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Ruppersberger Announces United Airlines Joins "Operation Hero Miles" with Pledge of Up To 15 Million Miles

Nov 20, 2009
Press Release

Washington, DC - Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) is pleased to announce that United Airlines that has the number one frequent flyer program in the country with 42 million enrollees has joined "Operation Hero Miles". United Airlines has joined this program that allows travelers to donate their frequent flyer miles so soldiers can fly home from Iraq for free. United is donating 10 million miles and will match up to 5 million additional miles through their "Mileage Plus" program.

"Veteran's Day is next Tuesday. It is truly patriotic that United Airlines is stepping forward to help our men and women in uniform spend time with their families without worrying about how much it will cost. This a great gift for the troops and their families on the eve of Veteran's Day," said Congressman Ruppersberger.

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 catch connecting flights to their hometowns all across the country. Congressman Ruppersberger is greatly concerned about this excessive financial burden placed on the soldiers trying to visit with family and created "Operation Hero Miles".

Delta Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and Alaska Airlines previously joined "Operation Hero Miles". Information can be found on the web site, www.heromiles.org. This site is a clearinghouse for soldiers, their families, and travelers filled with information about how to donate frequent flyer miles, how soldiers can receive complimentary tickets, and other ways to help our troops serving our country in Iraq.