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Ruppersberger Launches New Web Site for Operation Hero Miles,

Nov 20, 2009
Press Release

Washington, DC - In response to a myriad of phone calls, emails, and other inquiries, Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) is launching a new web site with information about 'Operation Hero Miles'. The new web site is

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.

The soldiers who have been granted two weeks of R & R are flown to BWI Airport 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 friends.

After consultation with the Congressman's staff about this problem, Delta Airlines started a program where citizens can donate their frequent flyer miles and soldiers can use them to fly to their hometowns for free, but Delta doesn't fly everywhere these soldiers need to go. Congressman Ruppersberger has written a letter to the presidents of the major airlines challenging them to start similar programs.

"I am getting a phenomenal response to 'Operation Hero Miles.' So many Americans want to donate their frequent flyer miles to help our men and women in uniform in Iraq so they can spend quality time with their family and friends here at home. I am confident that other airlines will want to join this effort to help our soldiers risking their lives for our country," said Congressman Ruppersberger.