2008
Families can get in touch with loved ones in Iraq during Easter holidays

Families can get in touch with loved ones in Iraq during Easter holidays
March 7, 2008

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094
pbrozynski@ben.edu

Easter is a season of hope, triumph and celebration. Chicago-area families can now share that message with their loved ones serving in the military in Iraq. Benedictine University and the Freedom Calls Foundation are collaborating to put the families of servicemen stationed in Iraq in touch with their loved ones. Benedictine is offering free, half-hour video conferences with servicemen stationed at any of five camps in Iraq – Camp Taji, Al Asad Air Base, Camp Fallujah, Camp Victory (Baghdad) and Camp Taqaddum. Several families took advantage of the ongoing program to speak with their loved ones stationed in Iraq during the Christmas holidays. The Freedom Calls Foundation is a nonprofit organization that seeks to transform the experience of soldiers on extended deployments in wartime by allowing them to participate in milestone family events such as births, school graduations and anniversaries from the front lines via video conferencing. The program in which Benedictine University is participating is part of the Freedom Calls Foundation’s “Operation Hometown Link,” in which universities, hospitals and corporations around the country make their video conferencing facilities available to military families closer to their homes. The soldiers must be at one of the five sites. Benedictine University’s video conferencing facilities are located in Kindlon Hall. Immediate families of servicemen stationed at one of the five bases listed are asked to contact Rudy Dardy, audio-visual coordinator at Benedictine University, at (630) 829-6692 to arrange their video conference. For more information about the Freedom Calls Foundation or to make a donation, visit their web site at www.freedomcalls.org.

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.