Share a special occasion with a loved one in Iraq via video-conferencing

Share a special occasion with a loved one in Iraq via video-conferencing
September 21, 2009

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094

Many troops from Illinois have returned from Iraq in recent months as U.S. forces are gradually withdrawn, but hundreds still remain. Families of servicemen stationed in Iraq do not have to wait until their tour is over to see and speak to their loved ones. Benedictine University is offering free, half-hour video conferences to families whose loved ones are stationed at any of five camps in Iraq – Camp Taji, Al Asad Air Base, Camp Fallujah, Camp Victory (Baghdad) and Camp Taqaddum. The program is a cooperative effort between Benedictine and the Freedom Calls Foundation. 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 immediate families in Illinois whose loved ones are deployed at any of the five camps may contact Benedictine University at the number listed. Benedictine will ask for certain information that is vital for contacting the soldiers. That information is then turned over to the Freedom Calls Foundation, which will contact the soldiers and schedule the conference. The soldiers must be at one of the five sites. Benedictine University’s video conferencing facilities are located in the Joseph and Bess Kindlon Hall of Learning. 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.


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.